Body Language: Cultural or Universal

Body language and various other nonverbal cues have long been recognized as being of great importance to the facilitation of communication. There has been a long running debate as to whether body language signals and their meanings are culturally determined or whether such cues are innate and thus universal. The nature versus nurture dichotomy inherent … Read more

Glossotomy In Macedonia

“The split of a language into two is something which the greatest fantasts in the world have not dared do. Our scholars, however, did it for political, rather than linguistic considerations. ” Leonida Lari, Romanian writer from Moldova, (Literatura si arta a 18. 8. 1988) There are quite a few European languages spoken outside their … Read more

The Power of Language

Of all possible human qualities, the one that wields the most power is the ability to use, understand and communicate effectively through language. A proficient use of language allows us to clearly communicate an exact idea from one person to another person or group of people. This precise science of being able to convey exactly … Read more

Language in different geographical regions

Since coming to school, I have met people from every part of the nation. East and West Coast, and all the way to Alaska and Hawaii. I have also met people that were born in other countries and lived in the US all their life, and people who have recently immigrated. I have noticed that … Read more

The principles of Labovs theory

Compare and contrast, making clear the strengths and weaknesses of both approaches, traditional dialectology and the quantitative approach pioneered by Labov. Refer to specific works in your answer. Before starting to answer the question i think that it would be interesting to know which are the principles of Labovs theory: we could say that for … Read more

An Entymology of the word Fuck

Fuck! Is that offensive to you? Why is the word *censored* such a taboo word in the English language as opposed to its definition of copulation? It would seem to make sense that if a word is offensive its meaning would be twice that. Strangely, sex is not an offensive word at all, and is … Read more

Not White Just Right

In Rachel Jones essay Not White Just Right, Jones emphases why it is so important to master Standard English. The benefits from knowing Standard English are the ability to escape poverty, equal opportunity for all, and career success. Jones was a poor black girl from Cairo, Illinois, with no real future. But by learning to … Read more

The importance of Learning Spanish

Spanish is getting more important in the field of economics and culture because of the increasing Latin influence around the world. Language is obviously a vital tool. Not only is it a means of communicating thoughts and ideas, but it forges friendships, cultural ties, and economic relationships. Language, of course, is knowledge, and in our … Read more

Brief History of the English Language

The Angles came from an angle-shaped land area in contemporary Germany. Their name “Angli” from the Latin and commonly-spoken, pre-5th Century German mutated into the Old English “Engle”. Later, “Engle” changed to “Angel-cyn” meaning “Angle-race” by A. D. 1000, changing to “Engla-land”. Some Old English words which have survived intact include: feet, geese, teeth, men, … Read more

Haitian Creole Essay

Christopher Columbus claimed Haiti when he landed there in 1492. Arawak Indians were the original inhabitants of this island when Columbus arrived. Later, the island became a colony of England. Haiti remained virtually unsettled until the mid-17th century, when French colonists, importing African slaves, developed sugar plantations in the north. Under French rule from 1697, … Read more

A History Of Our Language

The English Language is Rich in its history. Studying the events that formed our language is vital to understand not only why we speak the way we do, but it also enables us to understand who we are. It comprises French, Latin, German, Norse, and a few lesser known tongues. Before there was written English, … Read more

The dream of Interlingua

The dream of Interlingua-a common language that all the people of the world speak-has long existed in many peoples minds. They and their organizations have for many years tried to push this through, but the odds are still against them. The benefits of a common language on the planet are obvious, language barriers would no … Read more

My feelings on English language

My feelings about the English language, including both grammar and literature, have changed several times throughout my life. These changes took place as I was influenced by my family and by the different teachers that I have had throughout my academic career. As a young boy, I knew very little about the English language, but … Read more

The Importance of Correct Pronunciation

Throughout history there has been a strong need to express words clearly. Time has shown that even the simplest mistake in pronunciation has led to the loss of life as well as great confusion. If we are to be effective in this world, we must speak clearly and precisely. In chapter 12 of Judges, we … Read more

Essay on Language and Mores in Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg

Language and literature lead parallel lives. What changes most often and most dramatically is the language we use to describe events and feelings that are common to all times. Language shifts, stretches, adopts, and absorbs — it drops antiquated terms and picks up a few new ones, and you don’t have to look far to … Read more

Prejudicial Perceptions Essay

The use of language is an incentive for prejudicial perceptions which bring many issues to the attention of people everywhere. People who do not understand certain languages want to either learn that language, or they feel apprehensive towards those who know more about other languages than they do. Some people are ashamed of their culture, … Read more

Oral Language Developement

Children develop oral language at a very early age. Almost every sound a human being makes can be considered communication. As children grow up, they are constantly observing and practicing communication and oral language. What they know about oral language has an effect on the development of their literacy skills. Students who had difficulty with … Read more

Standardization of the English Language

There are several important events before 1500 that when listed together show a series of steps in the struggle for English language supremacy. These steps are mainly governmental, legal and official events that pushed English usage. In 1356 The Sheriff’s Court in London and Middlesex were conducted in English for the first time. When Parliament … Read more

Gender Bias In Language

Language is a very powerful element. It is the most common method of communication. Yet it is often misunderstood an misinterpreted, for language is a very complicated mechanism with a great deal of nuance. There are times when in conversation with another individual, that we must take into account the person’s linguistic genealogy. There are … Read more

Natural Language Processing

There have been high hopes for Natural Language Processing. Natural Language Processing, also known simply as NLP, is part of the broader field of Artificial Intelligence, the effort towards making machines think. Computers may appear intelligent as they crunch numbers and process information with blazing speed. In truth, computers are nothing but dumb slaves who … Read more

Pidgin: Dialect of English Spoken on the Hawaiian Islands

Pidgin is a dialect of English spoken in the Hawaiian Islands. It consists of the shortening of many words commonly used in everyday English speech. Some examples include, da (the), odda (other), Tre (meaning tree and three), bra (anyone you know), da kine (anything you don’t know), cus (any friend), and many others. Pidgin has … Read more

Slang: A Transitional Language

Throughout a childs developmental years most surrounding adults (such as parents, teachers and caretakers) act as principal models for standard speech and grammar skills. Children learn to interact with others through constant attempts to emulate the various styles and melodies of communication that are demonstrated all around them. At some point during this long process … Read more

What are Derivates?

“A derivative is like a razor, you can use it to shave and make yourself attractive for your girlfriend, you can slit your throat with it or you can use it to commit suicide. ’(Anon. ) This statement describes to us the problems, and on the other hand rewards, that the proper use of derivatives … Read more