Language As A Form Of Communication, By Neil Smith And Deidre Wilson

757 Words Nov 16th, 2016 4 Pages
The lack of rules would contribute to disorder in the world, especially pertaining to one of the most important methods in which we communicate to one another: language in its diverse forms. In “What is a Language?” the authors Neil Smith and Deidre Wilson and establish their perspective of language being governed by rule-systems. With the density of the subject, languages have three research approaches: how it is used as a form of communication, by social groups, and the ways in which language is an organism that changes through time. As a prerequisite to judging languages to one another, an individual must be able to distinguish the content of a language. Language can be defined by the setting of certain grammar rules that hold two purposes: to help distinguish whether a sentence is grammatical or ungrammatical and how to create meaning through correct pronunciation. Every speaker when faced with dissonance regarding this process experiences a form of dissonance, which they are ready to amend for themselves. This especially occurs with speakers who hold two different dialects of a language as each person may feel that mistakes are being made on either side of the spectrum. Vietnamese has differences based upon the regions where someone may originate. Someone from the south of Vietnam may pronounce my last name “Vu” as “y-OO”, with an inflection of the sound being made with the vowel “u”. The tip of the tongue of the Southern speaker is placed lower than in the North; the…

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