The Importance Of Language's Role In Knowledge

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In every area of knowledge, language allows concepts to be grasped and to be communicated through the use of language as a working tool. Language’s role in knowledge really depends on the how much it contributes toward the understanding, practice, and expansion of the area of knowledge that is being studied. Therefore, language has hugely different levels of importance within different areas of knowledge. Language is capable of being a very precise working tool; however, it is also capable of being ambiguous and, in addition, vague when it comes to being a way of universally obtaining knowledge. This leads knowers to ask: to what extent is language, as a way of knowing, a barrier in the universal community’s ability to obtain knowledge? Language is of great importance in the areas of knowledge of history and natural science but barriers are, in fact, present. These barriers are most often caused by language but the presence of barriers and the extent to which language as a barrier …show more content…
For example, organisms receive names that are Latin in natural science to avoid confusion internationally. In this way, language can be considered a working tool for development in the natural sciences rather than a barrier because scientific language must be concise. Even so, this does not lessen the importance of language’s role. Consider this, a graduated cylinder is a tool used to measure the volume of a liquid; it can do so to the 100th of a milliliter. Because of it’s precision, a graduated cylinder has a uniquely important role because, after all, measurement with the same accuracy cannot be made with a typical flask or beaker. Such is the role of language in the area of knowledge of natural science; it could not be replaced effectively by any cruder method of

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