Language FAQs:


Q: Is language any specific example of such a system?

A: Yes.

Q: Is language as have been documented?

A: Yes, and among them, the Balkan language area, the Mesoamerican language area, and the Ethiopian language area.

Q: Is language as?

A: Yes, or even specific to a single language.

Q: Is language processed in many different locations in the human brain?

A: Yes, but especially in Broca's and Wernicke's areas.

Q: Are languages agglutinative languages which construct words by stringing morphemes together in chains?

A: Yes, but with each morpheme as a discrete semantic unit.

Q: Is language accessible will acquire language without formal instruction?

A: Yes.

Q: Are languages spoken by 5.5% of the world's population and stretch from Madagascar to maritime Southeast Asia all the way to Oceania?

A: Yes.

Q: Is language also unique in being able to refer to abstract concepts and to imagined or hypothetical events as well as events that took place in the past or may happen in the future?

A: Yes.

Q: Is language a dialect with an army and navy""?

A: Yes, For example, national boundaries frequently override linguistic difference in determining whether two linguistic varieties are languages or dialects.

Q: Is language as?

A: Yes, because of widespread diffusion of specific areal features.

Q: Is language at risk of falling out of use as its speakers die out or shift to speaking another language?

A: Yes.

Q: Are languages only of importance to linguistics insofar as they allow us to deduce the universal underlying rules from which the observable linguistic variability is generated?

A: Yes.

Q: Is language conducted within many different disciplinary areas and from different theoretical angles?

A: Yes, and all of which inform modern approaches to linguistics.

Q: Are languages spoken by 20% of the world's population and include many of the languages of East Asia?

A: Yes, and including Hakka, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, and hundreds of smaller languages.

Q: Is language considered appropriate in certain situations and how utterances are to be understood in relation to their context vary between communities?

A: Yes, and learning them is a large part of acquiring communicative competence in a language.

Q: Was language invented only once, and that all modern spoken languages are thus in some way related, even if that relation can no longer be recovered ..?

A: Yes, because of limitations on the methods available for reconstruction.

Q: Is language called linguistics?

A: Yes.

Q: Is language a set of syntactic rules that is universal for all humans and which underlies the grammars of all human languages?

A: Yes.

Q: Are languages Tok Pisin, the official language of Papua New-Guinea, which originally arose as a Pidgin based on English and Austronesian languages?

A: Yes, others are Kreyòl ayisyen, the French-based creole language spoken in Haiti, and Michif, a mixed language of Canada, based on the Native American language Cree and French.

Q: Are languages used by those who speak them to communicate and to solve a plethora of social tasks?

A: Yes.

Q: Are languages defined by not having any native speakers?

A: Yes, but only being spoken by people who have another language as their first language.

Q: Are languages considered to have originated in Taiwan around 3000 BC and spread through the Oceanic region through island-hopping?

A: Yes, and based on an advanced nautical technology.

Q: Are languages in close contact?

A: Yes, and this may lead to the formation of language areas in which unrelated languages share a number of linguistic features.

Q: Is language associated with the study of language in pragmatic?

A: Yes, and cognitive, and interactive frameworks, as well as in sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology.

Q: Is language and how it should be described?

A: Yes.

Q: Are languages spoken or signed?

A: Yes, but any language can be encoded into secondary media using auditory, visual, or tactile stimuli – for example, in whistling, signed, or braille.

Q: Is language transmitted between generations and within communities?

A: Yes, and language perpetually changes, diversifying into new languages or converging due to language contact.

Q: Was language first introduced by Ferdinand de Saussure?

A: Yes, and his structuralism remains foundational for many approaches to language.

Q: Is language thought to have originated when early hominins started gradually changing their primate communication systems?

A: Yes, and acquiring the ability to form a theory of other minds and a shared intentionality.

Q: Is language more likely to achieve native-like fluency than adults?

A: Yes, but in general, it is very rare for someone speaking a second language to pass completely for a native speaker.

Q: Are languages spoken by small communities?

A: Yes, and most of them with less than 10,000 speakers.

Q: Is language represented by single words?

A: Yes.

Q: Is language Turkish?

A: Yes, where for example, the word evlerinizden, or "from your houses", consists of the morphemes, ev-ler-iniz-den with the meanings house-plural-your-from.

Q: Is language spoken?

A: Yes, and signed, or written, and they can be combined into complex signs, such as words and phrases.

Q: Is language also considered unique?

A: Yes.

Q: Are languages used for social purposes informing in turn the study of the social functions of language and grammatical description?

A: Yes, and neurolinguistics studies how language is processed in the human brain and allows the experimental testing of theories, computational linguistics builds on theoretical and descriptive linguistics to construct computational models of language often aimed at processing natural language or at testing linguistic hypotheses, and historical linguistics relies on grammatical and lexical descriptions of languages to trace their individual histories and reconstruct trees of language families by using the comparative method.

Q: Is language at an early stage: the only gene that has definitely been implicated in language production is FOXP2?

A: Yes, and which may cause a kind of congenital language disorder if affected by mutations.

Q: Is language based on a dual code, in which a finite number of elements which are meaningless in themselves can be combined to form an infinite number of larger units of meaning?

A: Yes, However, one study has demonstrated that an Australian bird, the chestnut-crowned babbler, is capable of using the same acoustic elements in different arrangements to create two functionally distinct vocalizations.

Q: Are languages becoming endangered as their speakers shift to other languages that afford the possibility to participate in larger and more influential speech communities?

A: Yes.

Q: Is language also unique in having the property of recursivity: for example, a noun phrase can contain another noun phrase or a clause can contain another clause?

A: Yes, Human language is also the only known natural communication system whose adaptability may be referred to as modality independent.

Q: Is language used and understood within a particular culture?

A: Yes.

Q: Is language such a unique human trait that it cannot be compared to anything found among non-humans and that it must therefore have appeared suddenly in the transition from pre-hominids to early man?

A: Yes.

Q: Is language traditionally seen as consisting of three parts: signs?

A: Yes, and meanings, and a code connecting signs with their meanings.

Q: Is language therefore dependent on communities of speakers in which children learn language from their elders and peers and themselves transmit language to their own children?

A: Yes.

Q: Is language quite limited?

A: Yes, though it has advanced considerably with the use of modern imaging techniques.

Q: Is language governed by rules?

A: Yes.

Q: Is language generally called a creole language?

A: Yes.

Q: Is language modality-independent?

A: Yes.

Q: Is language unique in comparison to other forms of communication?

A: Yes, such as those used by non-human animals.

Q: Is language called neurolinguistics?

A: Yes.

Q: Was language broadened from Indo-European to language in general by Wilhelm von Humboldt?

A: Yes.

Q: Are languages called fusional languages?

A: Yes, because several meanings may be fused into a single morpheme.

Q: Is language deeply entrenched in human culture?

A: Yes.

Q: Is language often considered to have started in India with Pāṇini?

A: Yes, and the 5th century BC grammarian who formulated 3,959 rules of Sanskrit morphology.

Q: Is language olates: languages that cannot be shown to be related to any other languages in the world?

A: Yes.

Q: Is language fundamentally a tool?

A: Yes, and its structures are best analyzed and understood by reference to their functions.

Q: Were languages a reflection of the universal basics of thought?

A: Yes, and therefore that grammar was universal.

Q: Is language open-ended and productive?

A: Yes, and meaning that it allows humans to produce a vast range of utterances from a finite set of elements, and to create new words and sentences.