A CASE STUDY On The study of language

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Linguists and non linguists have always been interested in the nature and origins of the various uses of language, which has been some kind of a mystery to them. The difference between linguists and non linguists in the way they choose to investigate the mysteries is that linguists relate language scientifically; whereas, non linguists relate to language with all kinds of myths. One myth is the biblical story of God's diffusion of tongues following the destruction of the tower of Babel. Theorists with an inclination toward experimentation have gone so far as to try to recreate the conditions which they consider necessary for the origin of language. Herodotus , the Greed historian tells how Psammetichus, an ancient Egyptian king, raised two children in complete isolation from human speech so to see what language they would naturally speak. The first word they uttered was "Bekos", The Phrygian word for bread; consequently, he decided that children naturally speak Phrygian and that Phrygian

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Chapter oneThe study of languageLinguists and non linguists have always been interested in the nature and origins of the various uses of language, which has been some kind of a mystery to them.The difference between linguists and non linguists in the way they choose to investigate the mysteries is that linguists relate language scientifically; whereas, non linguists relate to language with all kinds of myths.One myth is the biblical story of God's diffusion of tongues following the destruction of the tower of Babel.Theorists with an inclination toward experimentation have gone so far as to try to recreate the conditions which they consider necessary for the origin of language. Herodotus , the Greed historian tells how Psammetichus, an ancient Egyptian king, raised two children in complete isolation from human speech so to see what language they would naturally speak. The first word they uttered was "Bekos", The Phrygian word for bread; consequently, he decided that children naturally speak Phrygian and that Phrygian was an older language than Egyptian. Of course, needless to say that such experimentation does not qualify as scientific inquiry, as inquiry is understood today.In Modern world, people still continue to have only the vaguest notions of what language is. They associate English with commerce, French with women, German with warfare, Italian with friends and Spanish with worshipping God. Many people still regard Italian as "musical", German as "guttural"(har

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