INFLUENCE OF LANGUAGE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE HUMANITY(6)

• Influence of Language on Culture

Language is fundamental to being human and societal interactions and in defining a distinct culture. Language influences the way we interact with each other, our thought process and pattern and hence our culture. Linguists and anthropologists have viewed language as the principal contributor towards shaping of our perception of reality. Many psychologists also corroborate that language dictates the way we think. Important studies and theories have been made on this theme by Bruner (child psychologist), Sapir and Whorf (linguists), Watson (behaviorist psychologist), Bernstein (sociologist), Wittgenstein (philosopher), Vygostsky (developmental psychologist). Wittgenstein said “the limits of language mean the limits of my world”. He meant that the only way we can understand our world is through language. Sapir claimed that we experience things because the language we use guides our very thoughts. An extension of this is that different languages guide their speakers in different ways – different language speakers not only speak differently, they think differently. Whorf asserts “… we cut nature up, organize it into concepts and describe significances as we do, largely because we are party to an agreement which holds in the pattern of our language.” Edward Sapir and Benjamin Whorf have concluded that language predetermines what we see in the world around us and that language acts like a lens on a camera in filtering reality because we see the real world only through our experiences provided by language.

Influence of Language in the exercise of power

Individuals interact with other individuals and create systems for communicating. They engage in specific speech acts and particular kinds of verbal exchanges. Language allows them to express their own personality and absorb information about the personalities and needs of others. Speakers do not rely solely on the rules of language as a formal system, but draw equally on their knowledge of the social context, of the individual whom they are addressing, and of the topic. Even if we accept that human beings are, in some sense, “wired” for language, as linguists like Chomsky and Steven Pinker have argued, they just as clearly possess an uncanny ability to perceive and react to environmental cues in their actual use of language. Were it not for these social and ecological dimensions, language could hardly play a useful role in communication. Thus several branches of language science have developed which look at language as social interaction and as a device for the exercise of power. As a fundamental aspect of human behavior, language has an impact on virtually every kind of human interaction, including political and economic interaction.

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