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Why “We Create the Languages”?

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Today I would like to explain you the reasons that led me to choose this title for my blog and the rest of my channels.

Language is always itself a creative process. It has been shown in all the cultures and epochs. Let’s see some examples.

Think about the colloquial expressions that you use most often. Now think about the expressions that are used for your relatives, friends and the people of rest of the environments where you live. In each group take precedence a sort of expressions that usually refer to common happenings, activities and events, something that all of you have experienced together. Later analyze each person, their idioms, or the words they use frequently. Every one of us tends to use the words that are more compatible with us, as well as the expressions that represent us more, not to say our own invented expressions, like those that you use with that person and only both of you know.

That way, little by little, neologisms appear day by day, continent by continent. There are always new things that must be defined or more current redefinitions for the same of always. The creative process never stops.

Let’s take a book of some centuries ago, its language it is probably said to be the same, but they are very hard to understand. Besides, the more time passes the more evident results the process. Fashion, social conditionings, words borrowed from other languages… all of this is slowly forming the new uses and words till they are institutionalized.

Another good example are the automatic translators, which no matter how much are improved, they can never equalize the flux of the natural language. This is because the meaning of a word it is not only in the word itself, but also depends on the context. Moreover, the idioms are not logical constructions that can be translated literally. They reflect the culture of the people, so you have to know the idiosyncrasy of the people of the target language to find the best matching expressions, if it exits.

To sum up, every time we build our phrases, we don’t limit ourselves to apply some rules, which the most people don’t even remember. What we do is to pour out our own ideas and thoughts over a vehicle that we know, Language, to give it the color of our popular culture, emotions, tastes, etc.

Every time we are talking, we are creating, and the language that every one of us uses has our unique touch, personal and special.


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