ASSISTANT PROF.( ENGLISH)
GOVT. RIPUDAMAN COLLEGE,
Language holds a very important place in our lives. It is fundamental to everything we do. Without language, human civilization, as we know it, would have remained an impossibility.
In spite of the varied opinions about the origin of language, one thing that is quite clear is that it is present everywhere in our lives. . It is a very complex phenomenon. It is a systematic means of communicating by the use
of sounds or conventional symbols.
So, the primary purpose of language is communication. It transmits information from a source to a receiver, operating with a set of signals, each signal having an arbitrary yet conventionally determined value.
But language is not only a means of communication; it serves some other major functions also.
Furthermore, language is not the only means of communication. There are some non- verbal signs such as eye- contact, facial expressions, tone of voice, gestures, appearance, speed & physical touch also that serve as the means of communication. Even silence communicates.
To sum up, we can say that in spite of there being a number of other non- verbal & non -linguistic signs to facilitate communication, none of them is so flexible, perfect, and extensive as language is. Language is the best means of self- expression. Most of the activities in the world are carried on with the help of language. It is chiefly through language that human inter-action takes place. It is the language that yokes the past, the present and the future also by serving as a means of communication.