Language is our great distinction and prerogative which sets us apart from the animal kingdom. It defines us in myriad ways as we largely are what we speak. At the same time, it is one of the strongest mainstays of our identity. We owe to it our culture, history, science, civilization, philosophy, art, literature, civilization and what not. From our faculty of imagination to our memory which stores countless mental interpretations of our individual and collective experiences and our critical thinking, everything hinges on language. Our highest aspirations, our sweetest songs – reminiscent of our saddest thoughts – our long-held beliefs, dreams, fears, joys – all are expressed in and through languages. In the absence of language, it is simply impossible to think of even our very existence. It is said that man is a social being because “whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god” as Aristotle famously said. Our shared existence in a society is critically dependent on the use language which makes all of our interactions not only meaningful but also possible, in the first place. There is a considerable ....
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