Language is a system of terms that are used in a particular manner and carry a particular meaning. The building blocks of language are words, each one carries a meaning which Langer describes in her essay Language and thought as having symbolic significance. Symbols and signs are the words of the language, where symbols …show more content…
With human evolution, a need for language and communication has become as Langer calls it an “organic need.” This suggests that communication is vital to man just as water or food. In an essay A Word for Everything written by Helen Keller she describes her experiences as being deaf and blind child trying to understand language and communication. After she learns that words have meaning and symbolic messages she is able to use language not only to communicate her ideas but also to expand her knowledge, “ I learned more words, my field of inquiry broadened, and I would return again and again to the same subject eager for further information”(Keller 59). As she learns the basic concept of language she is able to experience scholarship that helps her become an intelligent person.
Malcolm X describes how his knowledge and intellect was expanded through his studies of language in his essay Homemade Education. When imprisoned in jail he feels a need to be able to express himself better and more accurately, so he studies the language by memorizing words and their meanings from a dictionary. Just like Keller through language he is able to broaden his knowledge, “Anyone who has read a great deal can imagine the new