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The Use of Language

Listening for detailed information is hard work and rarely practised in the real world outside examination halls, except by university students taking notes in lectures (Nick Kenny, talking to the Cambridge English Language Teachers’ Association in 1999). Language is not so much a means of transmitting information as a means of lubricating (facilitating) the operations … Continue reading The Use of Language

Spotting Differences

Languages are fundamentally sound-systems used for human-to-human communication; they are based on sounds. They begin with noises that are only incidentally communicative (e.g. sighs and yawns). Later, come noises which sound designed to communicate (e.g. laughs, screams, sobs and moans). Finally, there emerge commonly repeated patterns of noises (set phrases). Language (sentences, grammar and writing) … Continue reading Spotting Differences

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