A language is a system of symbols, generally known as words, and the grammatical and other rules by which they are manipulated. The word language is also used to refer to the whole phenomenon of language, and in this sense language is one of several forms of human communication. The scientific study of language and languages, including their historical development, characteristics, and use in society, is the field of linguistics.
Human language is a natural phenomenon, and language learning is instinctive in childhood. In using language, people use patterns of sound or gesture to convey the words and rules of language, or they represent these patterns in codes such as writing. There are thousands of languages, historically related to each other in many language families, and they share a number of common properties. Besides using naturally acquired language, people have consciously crafted languages such as Esperanto and Klingon.
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results of the 2012 referendum in Latvia concerning constitutional amendments proposing to elevate the status of Russian language. Colours reflect percentage of participants, data are classified by municipalities of Latvia, green region are in favour.
Language topic of the month (June 2009)
The Old English language, often called Anglo-Saxon, was spoken in England from 450AD to 1100AD. It was spoken by the Anglo-Saxons who came to England from what is now Germany and Denmark.
Old English is very different from Modern English; it has many more Germanic words, and its grammar is more difficult and closer to Old German. Old English slowly turned into Middle English after the Norman Conquest of 1066.
...that the most common phonemes in all the languages, are k, p, t, n and m?
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Languages of Austronesia: Austric, Fijian, Hawaiian, Javanese, Malagasy, Malay, Maori, Marshallese, Samoan, Tahitian, Tagalog, Tongan, Auslan, more...
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Agglutinative language, Analytic language, Constructed language, Creole, Context-free language, Extinct language, Dialect, Fusional language, Inflectional language, International language, Isolating language, Language isolate, National language, Natural language, Pidgin, Pluricentric language, Polysynthetic language, Proto-language, Sign language, Spoken language, Synthetic language, Variety (linguistics)
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Applied linguistics, Cognitive linguistics, Accent (dialect), Computational linguistics, Descriptive linguistics, Eurolinguistics, Generative linguistics, Historical linguistics, Lexicology, Lexical semantics, Morphology, Onomasiology, Phonetics, Phonology, Pragmatics, Prescription, Prototype semantics, Psycholinguistics, Semantics, Stylistics, Sociolinguistics, Syntax
See also: List of linguists
Alphabets: Arabic alphabet, Cyrillic alphabet, Hebrew alphabet, Latin alphabet, more...
Other writing systems: Abjad, Abugida, Braille, Hieroglyphics, Logogram, Syllabary, SignWriting, more..
See also: History of the alphabet, Script
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Porter Robinson - Language
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Sat, 25 May 2013 08:13:16 -0700
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Dallas Morning News
Sat, 25 May 2013 15:57:48 -0700
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The Japan Times
Sat, 25 May 2013 08:13:36 -0700
In the first decades of the 45 years that I have used the Japanese language — reading hundreds of books and even writing a few in Japanese — I was often asked if I “really understood” what was being said to me. When I assured Japanese people that I ...
Mail & Guardian Online
Thu, 23 May 2013 14:50:24 -0700
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The Week Magazine
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Fri, 24 May 2013 07:53:54 -0700
The answer to the question of whether thought is possible without language depends on what you mean by thought. Can you experience sensations, impressions, feelings without language? Yes, and very few would argue otherwise. But there is a difference ...
Huffington Post (blog)
Sat, 25 May 2013 10:22:34 -0700
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Fri, 24 May 2013 16:54:45 -0700
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Albany Times Union
Sat, 25 May 2013 01:58:24 -0700
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