Category: Language and mind

Language and borders

Another possible answer to the question ‘What is language, after all?’ I know, language is such a trivial thing! We use it every day with such ease – listening to the radio news or reading the announcements about the next underground train, saying hi to our co-workers and so on. All this without any (conscious)…

The words that make or break

Take a few moments to fill the gap in your mind: ‘Language is…’ (what?) I’ve discussed here a few of the possible answers: …action, …a system,  … a means of getting information across, …a means of profiling ourselves, … a world in itself, …a learning experience, … an interactive experience (like a computer game) etc.…

To learn or not to learn

What does ‘learning’ mean? Which of the statements below make sense, in English? I’ve learned many things from that experience. I’m learning Greek because I’m going on holiday there in summer. What’s she doing at this time of night? – She’s learning, she’s got an important test tomorrow. I’ve learned with stupefaction that she’s quitted…