Linguistics: human intrigue
Posted in the Harvard University Forum
#1 Mar 10, 2013
Linguistics is the study of human language. Linguists study phonetics (pronunciation) and grammar (word organization) structures.
Among the many interesting things linguists study include language derivations, slang words, dialect evolution, and pidgin (sub-culture) languages.
In the age of computers, engineers and scholars know that computer language, like human language, is based on simple symbol encoding of either-or, true-false statements that describe sets of quantities of symbol groupings as having intelligibility or not having intelligibility.
As with computer languages, human languages can variegate to create efficiency functions and sub-languages. For example, a linguist may compare the language dialect simplifications in Ebonics (a sort of city pidgin or street slang language used by African-Americans) to a computer algorithm language designed to interpret, perform, or read input filtering (or command simplification) programs.
Because language is so essential to human logic, philosophers have explored language as a tool to understand human consciousness. The 'Liar's Paradox' in logic for example explores a paradoxical phenomenon in communication: If a speaker says "Every statement is false," he/she could neither be lying nor telling the truth since he/she would be referring to the statement "Every statement is false" itself!
In other words the logic and irony intricacies of human language, as with computer language, reflects a perceptual marketability of communication-conscious Hollywood (USA) movies such as "True Lies" (1994).
Are they printing movie posters on hemp/recycled paper yet?
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