Language is something we take for granted, learning it at a young age and continuing to learn and use as we grow through our lives. We use it daily with so many around us that we don’t really think of what it entails.
But what really is language and why do we need it? Keep reading to find out!
- A body of words, and set of methods of combining them (called a grammar), understood by a community and used as a form of communication. quotations
- The ability to communicate using words.
- A sublanguage: the slang of a particular community or jargon of a particular specialist field. quotations
- The expression of thought (the communication of meaning) in a specified way. quotations
- A body of sounds, signs and/or signals by which animals communicate, and by which plants are sometimes also thought to communicate.
- A computer language; a machine language.
- Manner of expression.
- The particular words used in a speech or a passage of text.
- A body of words and the systems for their use common to a people who are of the same community or nation, the same geographical area, or the same cultural tradition
- Communication by voice in the distinctively human manner, using arbitrary sounds in conventional ways with conventional meanings; speech.
- The system of linguistic signs or symbols considered in the abstract (opposed to speech).
- Any set or system of such symbols as used in a more or less uniform fashion by a number of people, who are thus enabled to communicate intelligibly with one another.
- Any system of formalized symbols, signs, sounds, gestures, or the like used or conceived as a means of communicating thought, emotion, etc.
- The means of communication used by animals
What Is It and Why We Need It?
Language is an essential system of sounds and characters whether used through gestures, symbols, written or typed words to associate forms and meanings, which are transmitted by the speaker and decoded by the receiver. Depending on which actual language or dialect you communicate in, you are still connecting with others on a deeper level as you grow. It’s our main source of relaying ideas, thoughts, feelings and more as we move throughout life on the journey we’ve chosen.
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Have you ever noticed that language doesn’t discriminate? It may be used to discriminate, to put down, too insult or offend, but it itself does not. You are able to learn any language you wish, you just have to put in the effort to accomplish learning that new language. Language is also used to encourage, lift up, and inspire, which is why this post is being written.
We need language to connect with those near and far, but we also need it to express our thoughts, feelings, imagination and even our identity. Through words and sounds we convey our happiness, our hurt, our imaginations and creations. We impart information, influence others and so much more. It’s really amazing if you think about all that language does.
Types of Language in Writing
Since this is a writing blog, we are going to keep this within that realm. So let’s get to it.
As writers, we find ways to incorporate different types of languages within our writing, it’s how we connect with our readers on a deeper level, to create a specific reaction.
The use of explanation through writing, providing facts and figures within our writing to tell about a specific topic.
The use of great detail to offer better understanding and imagery of a topic such as characters or settings.
The creation of an emotional connection within the reader caused by the events of the story. eg. happiness, anger, fear, excitement, etc.
When one discloses ideas or impressions onto the reader, giving them suggestions as to what’s happening, what’s going to happen or how they should be feeling during a certain section of writing.
Persuasive language is used to convince you, the reader of something. It contains the opinions and biases of the writer to provide justifications and reasons for those thoughts and opinions.
The impressions of visual and possibly auditory affects on the reader as they are reading the work.
The telling of a story in words to provide the reader with entertainment.
To involve the readers senses as to what is beautiful through writing.
The reactions readers get when they read something that causes a physical reaction, such as goosebumps or shivers. The use of particular words, phrases or impressed images that cause the reader to experience the physical repercussions of the intended sensation.
To the reader, the words written affect them so much that it is life changing.
How We Use It
We, as writers, use language to communicate through words, emotions, and imagination. We take those words, twisting and forming them until they create characters, settings, plots, journeys, conflict, relationships and more.
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Writers use language to communicate with others, too relay our thoughts and feelings. Writers take that language and form new worlds, epic adventures, creepy horrors, romantic relations, action packed fight scenes, sorrowful heartbreak and more. Language isn’t just words, it’s sounds, images, and the adventures of characters; the ability to create such an experience that the reader will enter our worlds, leaving their reality behind. They forget the issues of their own life and slip away to the created land on the page, losing themselves to the story.
Not only do we use language to communicate with others within the business, we use it to interact with readers; continuing our journey with those we’ve impacted through our words.