Linguistic Problems and Perspectives

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Introduction "Language is the armoury of the human mind and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests." Coleridge

Language is the linear expression of ideas. It is the most important aspect in the life of all beings. We use language to express inner thoughts and emotions, make sense of complex and abstract thought, to learn to communicate with others, to fulfil our wants and needs, as well as to establish rules and maintain our culture. The science dealing with it is linguistics. Behaviourists like Ormrod define it as a learned behaviour involving a stimulus and a response. Language is so familiar to us that it is difficult to see how we can indulge in language planning. Most of the time we use language simply as a means of conveying our thoughts and feelings and wishes or concealing them as the case may be. But due to multiple factors like different dialects and absolute differences in language pertaining to different historical backgrounds work as a force which crops up repeatedly and some are too difficult to solve without expert advice and some call for coordination on a large scale. In India unfortunately we haven’t realised the importance of the study of linguistics and allied language psychology and language sociology. Nationalism and British Period with…...

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