LAN­GUAGE: VEHICLEFOR HU­MAN IN­TER­AC­TION

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

CARLITO L. MEN­DOZA Lan­guage is used to com­mu­ni­cate, to ex­plore, and to un­der­stand dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions. Hence, lan­guage af­fects so­ci­ety and so­ci­ety af­fects lan­guage. Lan­guage changes to ac­com­mo­date new dis­cov­er­ies and trans­forms so­ci­ety ac­cord­ing to so­cial move­ments. So­ci­olin­guis­tics per­tains to knowl­edge about how lan­guage should be used in dif­fer­ent con­texts.

I un­der­stand that in or­der to be con­nected to so­ci­ety, one must use lan­guage. Lan­guage be­comes a ve­hi­cle for hu­man in­ter­ac­tion. So­ci­ety in­flu­ences lan­guage and lan­guage in­flu­ences so­ci­ety. When peo­ple used lan­guage they be­come part of so­ci­ety. The im­por­tance of So­ci­olin­guis­tics is to elu­ci­date why peo­ple speak dif­fer­ently in dif­fer­ent so­cial con­texts. Since lan­guage is a phe­nom­e­non that is linked with the so­cial struc­ture and value sys­tems of so­ci­ety. It is nec­es­sary to study its en­vi­ron­ment.

Lan­guage serves as a pur­pose and its essence is that lan­guage varies. Bear in mind, that in or­der for com­mu­ni­ca­tion to take place, one must use lan­guage so it will serve its ex­cel­lent aim: to con­nect each in­di­vid­ual. It has been said that it does not mat­ter how well a per­son knows the gram­mar but how a per­son uses com­mu­ni­ca­tion for suc­cess­ful in­ter­ac­tion and by get­ting along with other peo­ple.

--oOo-The I at San Pablo 2nd Na­tional High School, au­thor is SST Lubao, Pam­panga

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