By: Isaiah W. Nabors

Language is an extremely important way of interacting with the people around us. We use language to let others know how we feel, what we need, and to ask questions. We can modify our language to each situation. To communicate effectively, we send a message with words, gestures, or actions, which somebody else receives. Communication is therefore a two-way street, with the recipient of the message playing as important a role as the sender. Therefore, both speaking and listening are important for communication to take place.

Can the Government Control Language?

After reading the book 1984, it was quite clear that the society Winston lived in was under a Utopian government because they thought it was for the good of all. So that's when the government came up with Newspeak, “language makes humans easy to control—control their language and you control the people” (Serving House Books), this was a quote by George Orwell when he wrote the book 1984, but the government cannot control the language of today's society because for one main reason, the 1st amendment “Freedom of Speech” ; However, “Freedom of Speech does not mean that a person can say whatever they want to say. Freedom of Speech means that someone's right to say something is protected within certain limits. A person may have to suffer consequences for saying some things, but they still have the right to say them. For example, it is against the law to yell, "FIRE," in a crowded place because someone may get injured” (Cornell) , A person has the right to say in a sense whatever they want, but that choice they made will have some consequences too it so in some way the government does regulate the language of today’s society.

How Music Affects Language

In what will be music to the ears of arts advocates, researchers for the first time have shown that mastering a musical instrument improves the way the human brain processes parts of spoken language. The findings could bolster efforts to make music as much a part of elementary school education as reading and mathematics.

In two Stanford studies, researchers demonstrated that people with musical experience found it easier than non-musicians to detect small differences in word syllables. They also discovered that musical training helps the brain work more efficiently in distinguishing split-second differences between rapidly changing sounds that are essential to processing language (Trei).

Can Your Language Affect The Way You Think?

language can also go as far as changing the way one thinks and or perceives things. That's what i thought until i found out that the answer to that statement is more complicated than i thought, i read an article about the influence language has on the perception of the way one thinks and what i found was that, “People have been asking this question for hundreds of years,What we have learned is that the answer to this question is complicated. To some extent, it's a chicken-and-egg question: Are you unable to think about things you don't have words for, or do you lack words for them because you don't think about them? Part of the problem is that there is more involved than just language and thought; there is also culture. Your culture—the traditions, lifestyle, habits, and so on that you pick up from the people you live and interact with—shapes the way you think, and also shapes the way you talk” (Birner), In other words, the influence of language isn't so much on what we can think about, or even what we do think about, but rather on how we break up reality into categories and label them. And in this, our language and our thoughts are probably both greatly influenced by our culture.

How Does Language Create Personality?

Learning more than just one language or being bilingual, can give one s split personality. One can feel totally different in one language they speak compared to their mother tongue they grew up learning. i found in a recent study that François Grosjean, a Professor and former Director of the Language and Speech, did a study of Life as a Bilingual and found that many people who spoke more than one language felt like they had split personalities. He surveyed three Bilingual people asking them about their personality and language and their response was of the following,

“Bilingual 1: "When I'm around Anglo-Americans, I find myself awkward and unable to choose my words quickly enough ... When I'm amongst Latinos/Spanish-speakers, I don't feel shy at all. I'm witty, friendly, and ... I become very out-going."

Bilingual 2: "In English, my speech is very polite, with a relaxed tone, always saying "please" and "excuse me." When I speak Greek, I start talking more rapidly, with a tone of anxiety and in a kind of rude way...".

Bilingual 3: "I find when I'm speaking Russian I feel like a much more gentle, "softer" person. In English, I feel more "harsh," "businesslike." (Life as a Bilingual).

This is a clear indication that those who are bilingual will most likely feel that they have split personalities due to the multiple languages they speak.

Can Technology Affect Language?

technology has been affecting the way we use language, especially in today’s society and generation, there's Twitter, Facebook, Vine, Instagram, Email, etc. technology has been affecting the words we use, we substitute words for other words, abbreviate words into understanding like the most commonly used “lol” which stands for laugh out loud, and in the latest addition, we are now using emoticons which consist pictures of objects, symbols or smiley faces. even in our daily lives this is becoming more and more efficient, “ Texting lingo is even making its way beyond electronic communications and into our face-to-face communications now too. Just the other day a NewsChannel 7 reporter was heading out to a story and shouted “B-R-B!” (Be right back) (Balhorn).The words and phrases we use are things that are ever-changing and one thing that contributes to the efficiency of our language is Technology.

To Summerize

In all, I have always been interested in language. Our language is the most important part of our being. I think it is important to learn other languages besides our own because it helps us to learn about other peoples and cultures but the most important one that we can learn is our own mother tongue as this is one of the most basic parts of our identity. If we lose our own tongue, for example, when we grow up in a country which is not our own, in my opinion, we are losing a part of ourselves.

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