The Secret Language of Language

Richard Hill

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LANGUAGE IS AN EXTRAORDINARY THING, but we don’t often think about it as such. More or less everyone talks, they do it from an early age, in a spontaneous way and it all seems very easy and unremarkable. Yet, it is the single most obvious aspect of human behaviour that shows we are connected. The prime purpose of language is to communicate with others. It allows us to be consciously objective and allows us to express our deepest feelings. It is a mechanism by which we can consciously connect with the inner and also a mechanism by which we can span the distance between ourselves and others – we can project our mind by speaking our mind. Stephen Pinker (2007b) suggests that “language … emerges from minds interacting with one another.” Such a quote compels us to look at language as a vital element in our considerations of interpersonal relationships.

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