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The Existence of Mankind is Essentially Dependant on the Written and Spoken Word

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  The existence of mankind is essentially dependant on the written and spoken word. Our ability to interact and communicate with each other relies wholly on the powerful medium of language. It is a vital key for the success of global commerce and economics, cultural and academic development, international trade and relations, laws and legal interactions, human relationships and the overall quality of life. But the power of language goes beyond spoken or written words. Unless we are able to really understand each other and learn more about the world, which consists of literally thousands of different cultures, it will not be possible to progress toward a life of contentment and peace. Linguists and anthropologists will agree that the study of languages fosters an increased understanding of tradition. Knowledge in turn will bring an appreciation of different cultures, deepen the perception of cultural values, and strengthen communication. We can begin to understand the values of language diversity through its impact on, and subsequent creation of culture. First we must ask, what is language? Language is merely a Binding Ties, Song of Self: The Purpose and Power of Language  If you are fluent in a language, you probably don't give much thought to your ability to interact with others, to understand and be understood in your world. But what would happen if you lost your voice? Or if suddenly the language skills you have, that is your ability to read, write, and speak, were no longer sufficient to allow you to understand television and newspapers or to tell a waitress what you wanted to eat or a doctor what was wrong with you? What if your language actually caused others to discriminate against you? I suspect your perception of the importance of language would undergo a pronounced change. Recently, I had an experience with language deprivation when I had laryngitis. The three days I was without my voice were frustrating, interminable, and evidence of the power and purpose of language. Early in her essay, Mother Tongue, Amy Tan discusses this power of language. She writes, it can evoke an emotion, a visual image, a complex idea, or a simple truth (26). Though at times, I could whisper, people had difficulty hearing and understanding me, and I couldn't write my thoughts down quickly enough to meaningfully converse with others. In short, my lack of voice impaired my ability to express myself and to communicate and indeed participate in my world. Moreover, language, the   combination of specific words in a particular order, not only empowers individuals to participate as   members of a designated community, it is also a fundamental key in enabling individuals to establish and   define the dimensions of their identity.   Language is the impetus that empowers individuals to forge ties that bind into a community, thus giving   them personal, social, or cultural identification. In his essay, If Black English Isn't a Language, Then Tell   Me What Is, James Baldwin defines language by pointing to its unparalleled power. He writes, language is also a political instrument, means and proof of power. It is the most vivid and crucial key to identity (129). Baldwin points to the experience of the African slaves. Without a common language, they were unable to communicate with one another, but they evolved a language, which they used to articulate their common experience and form their own community. Indeed, the African Americans evolved a dialect of English that enabled them to describe their reality and establish their own distinct cultural identity. Not only can language articulate a simple truth, one's command of it demonstrates a simple truth:   without language, one is voiceless, with imperfect language, one is perceived as imperfect, and with   standard language, one is superior, at least from the perspective of those who possess standard   command of the language. Tan also examines this relationship of language to acceptance in a dominant   community in Mother Tongue. She goes on to give countless examples of this truth in action when she writes about how her mother was treated, people in department stores, at banks, and at restaurants did not take her seriously, did not give her good service, pretended not to understand her, or even acted as if they did not hear her (28). Why did they treat Mrs. Tan in such a disrespectful manner? For the sole  reason that she spoke a simple, non-native variation of English, derogatorily referred to as broken or fragmented English. Indeed, this is the power of language: without standard language skills, one is identified as an outsider, often inaccurately perceived and unfairly discriminated against. Yet identification with and acceptance in a community is not the only result of language acquisition. Baldwin and Tan both describe an unbreakable link between language and self-individuation. In other words, your experience with language shapes your sense of self-identity. Tan writes of the different   Englishes she uses. Chiefly, she distinguishes between the simple form of English she speaks with her family and more complex version of the language she uses in her professional life. Though there was a time when Tan was embarrassed by her mother's English, she now sees things from a different perspective. She writes, my mother's English is perfectly clear . . . It's my mother tongue. Her language, as I hear it is vivid, direct, full of observation and imagery. That was the language that helped shape the way I saw things, expressed things, made sense of the world (27). The language that she once perceived as inferior, sub-standard, or broken, she now views as intimate, special, and representative of her mother's beautiful and insightful expression of herself and view of the world, which Mrs. Tan, in turn, taught her daughter. Her point is well taken. Even if we are not multilingual, do we not all have a different mother tongue taught to us as children which has unconsciously shaped the way we see ourselves and our world? And do we not all speak our own different Englishes, calling upon them as the occasion and audience direct? Certainly, the language I call upon in a meeting with the president of the university differs from the language that I use with my colleagues, which is different from the language I speak with my friends or family, which differs from the language I use with my godchildren. It may be a matter of word choice or intonation or slang or content or purpose, but each is a different part of myself and my world. Language is many things: the arrangement of words in a particular order, uttered in a certain way, denoting certain meaning, a political instrument which evokes images and emotion. Certainly, all of this is a description of the purpose and function of language. But at its most fundamental, language is quite simply the expression of self and the ability to share that expression with others. Baldwin and Tan both highlight the importance of language: to be without language is to be voiceless, and to be voiceless is to silence the song of the self. How   language   is   very   important,   central   even,   to   who   we   are   as   individuals.   b. How   language   isn’t   very   important   to   who   a   person   is   c. How   knowing   a   language   is   like   knowing   a   culture   d. How   not   knowing   a   language   keeps   people   from   knowing   a   culture   e. What   happens   to   families   when   they   do   not   share   the   same   language   f. The   relationship   between   language   and   culture   g. The   social   pressure   to   learn   English   h. The   connection   between   learning   English   and   assimilating   into   American   culture   i. The   value   of   resisting   American   culture   and   total   assimilation    j. The   possibilities   of   living   in   two   worlds    –   the   dominant   American/English/middle ‐ class   world   and   a   home    world   which   may   be   very   different.   k. Your   own   ideas To me, as well as many others, language is more than just words and proper punctuation. It is all that and the ability to communicate. It allows people to accurately express their thoughts, feelings, and ideas. Language is also used to relay to society, as well as individuals, information about facts and events. Language is used everyday. It is used when people talk to friends or family, listen to the radio, watch television, read the paper or use the telephone. Events of the past, present and future are learned of through language. Tragedies are reported (and sometimes prevented) through communication. Language helps to shape society as a whole and the individuals in it. Language gives society and the individuals that make it up the power to grow, change, and overcome. Some of the effects language has o society are profound. Most of this occurs through the communication of present and futur  Plug a  pendrive   into a public computer and you will be pesked by the continuously replicating “New Folder.exe” virus or the “regsvr.exe” virus. Hear my story, while I transferred my notes last night ( around 600 folders ) and I was surprised to see that around 450 MB of space was eaten by these self replicating space eaters ! I was running  Linux  so these were not a concern for me, but when I plugged my pendrive into my  virtual machine  ( windows xp sp3 ), it caused multiple problems of explorer corruption and disabling registry  tools . Time for some virus busting I guess..here is how you can remove “regsvr.exe” and “new folder.exe” from your computer.   Step 1 - Some Startup Repairs    First of all, boot into safe mode.After you get to your desktop,press F3 or Ctrl + F and search for “autorun.inf” file i n your computer and delete all the subsequent files. I case you are no able to delete them, select all the files and uncheck the” Read Only  ” option. If you are still not able to delete them , you might want to try out   Unlocker tool to delete the files.  Now go to start –  > run –> type ” msconfig  ”  and press enter Go to startup tab and uncheck “ regsvr  ”, click ok   and then click on “ Exit without restart  ”.  Now go to control panel –> scheduled tasks and delete “ At1 ” task listed there.   Once done, close all windows. Step 2 - Changing Configurations   Your registry might be disabled,and you need to activate it back to undo all the malicious changes done by worm.In order to do that, you need to go to start –  > run –> type ” gpedit.msc ”  and press enter then navigate to users configuration – > Administrative templates – > systems Find “  prevent access to registry editing tools ” , double click it and change the option to   disable .
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