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Overview



Linguistics

Language is the courier of culture. Culture is a shared set of ideas and assumptions; language is the sharing. The human form of communication is extremely specialized and complex. Speech is a fine-grained form of communication; instead of a generalized grunt or howl to signify "Danger!," Homo sapiens can supply a more controlled and much more informative, “Pssst. Be very quite, there are two lions approaching from the south." With speech, we can help others imagine what we see with our own inner eyes—we can readily and spontaneously share the worlds of our own conception—our dreams, mythologies, inventions, and innovations.

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