Language and Communication
Communication is a daily activity of all human beings. It is an important process needed for various activities and interaction with other people. By definition, communication is the transfer of information from one point to another. It is the process of sending a message or information towards the other. The aim of the communication process is to achieve understanding and to avoid conflicts.
Communication is a process that is used in various places. It is used at home, school and community, even in our workplace. The purposes of the communication process are always the same, but are done under different motives. For example, communication in the workplace is essential to avoid misunderstanding and conflicts for it affects the efficiency and productivity of the company.
One of the tools or elements that are important in the communication process is language. Language has always been part of communication. It is an important tool in conveying the messages and ideas for the other people to understand what you have to say. The world, due to its diversity, is composed of various languages and different dialects that serve as a barrier for communicating effectively with others.
Language plays a significant role in the communication process. Language is the basic tool in conveying the messages and ideas to others in an attempt to establish a harmonious and productive relationship with others.
Language and Communication
At an early age, people learn how to use oral language. Infants babble and baby talk, in an attempt to convey their message to their mothers. People also acquire the ability to comprehend and understand what is being said to them. These unique and discernible abilities separate humans from the animals (Harrub et. al ). In the aspect of human development, development in speech and language is one of the most important. It sets us apart from the animals and brings the people together and enables them to understand and comprehend each other. It is amazing how babies know several thousand words with little or no formal lessons on word usage and the rules of grammar (Needlman).
Theories of evolution failed to explain the true origin of language and communication. Upon knowing the value and importance of communication, it is still a question, why it did not evolve in the other members of the animal kingdom (Harrub et. al ).
Based on the linguistic researches and neurological studies, it is found out that speech is highly dependent on the activity of the network of neurons located in the brain. But researches on the evolution of the human language failed to establish the real origin of speech and communication. It is still a huge gap in the human knowledge that remains to be fulfilled (Harrub et. al ).
Language is the most basic form and the most developed aspect of communication. We will have a difficult time communicating with others without the use of language. Language includes body gestures and other non-verbal signs and messages which is also used in communication. Language is used in various areas such as education and the dissemination of information and knowledge, and it performs different roles in various areas (Ghose).
Language is a very important tool in the whole process of communication. It is not only a tool in conveying ideas and messages to other people but it also establishes friendship and relationships with others. Over the years, many have reflected on the importance of the language to man’s daily activities.
Language is not only a tool in transmitting messages and conveying thoughts in order to express one’s feelings. It is also a fundamental pillar in establishing social identity. Speech is a social symbol; at the same time it conveys the identity and status of the people speaking the same language. As such, language is a symbol of cultural kinship (Kilgour).
Children learn the language in different pace. They also learn through several ways. Children learn in adaptive ways, specifically through the conversations they encounter with other people. Mothers who speak to their children more often most likely learn the language earlier or easier.
Sometimes we perceive children who talk fast as intelligent, but it is not necessarily correct that children who talk slow are lacking adequate mental capacity. They may be experiencing a language disorder or a problem in their development or hearing difficulty. Delays in the language should be taken seriously for it may need immediate attention and treatment (Needlman).
Language is very important because it is connected to various aspects of a child’s development. The emotional development of a person is linked with the gradual development of a child’s abilities and language capacity. Infants and little children learn communication and social skills through the help of people around them. The child will eventually utilize the language to express his emotions. Language also helps children to release intense emotions and prevent some of their tantrums (Needlman).
Language is also connected with the child’s moral development. Gradually, the child is able to distinguish what is right and wrong. At the inception of 18 months and above, children begin to understand what the authorities or their parents say to them. They are able to avoid doing things that should not be done by children like them (Needlman).
Language is also one of the indicators of the performance of children in school in the following years. For a five-year old child, this stage is the most crucial in the language development; because most children of this age are having difficulty in reading and likelihood of speech delays. These problems need immediate attention and guidance to prevent further speech impairments and disorders. Children with large vocabularies and facility of the language are not experiencing difficulty in reading and writing (Needlman).
Communication is an important process carried out by people everyday. Communication is the transmission of messages and information in order to attain understanding and relationships. Communication occurs in various areas and aspects and plays a significant role all at the same time. Communication takes place within the community and in the workplace under various motives and objectives.
Language plays a significant role in the communication process. Language is one of the basic and most developed aspects of communication. It is a tool in conveying ideas and messages towards other people for the purpose of understanding and establishing productive relationship with others. Language is very important for it is not only a tool for expressing the ideas and thoughts, but language is also a form of social identity. Language is a social symbol of people who are using a specific kind of language. It also enhances and strengthens cultural ties and kinship. Language is connected to various aspects of child’s development. For example, language and speech development is often linked with emotional development; and through language we are able to express our emotions and feelings.
As such, language development is very important for all individuals, especially for growing up children. A parent can do several things that can nurture the child’s language such as listening and talking to the child, in order to enhance the child’s facility on the language. It is important, especially to growing children, in order to learn the language to communicate and interact with others effectively.
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