6 Dec 2014
Does using correct language contribute to a sharper populace? Does using correct language contribute to better learning?
Language has become an assumed part of a culture. In fact, it has been said to be the defining characteristic of a culture. But a literate culture has only become common place in westernized society, and even those who are being taught spelling, grammar, and literature are learning 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation material. What the instructor has been taught is what is generally going to be given in instruction. But language, used correctly, can contribute to a better understanding of reading. It can potentially, even contribute to more clear mental calculations. If our reading can be more efficient, and then our thought processing can be more streamlined, then development could see an exponential increase, with no end to the pace of growth even in sight (with anticipated failures along the way of course). But when grammar is used incorrectly, our communication could be largely left in our imagination, and the recipients of our communication either have to sit through longer communication or, they receive only a portion of the intended message. It’s unlikely that we hold our thoughts in, if we can help it, but it may still be inefficient.
If our spelling and grammatical skills could be improved as individuals and in our communities, what could the benefits actually be? It could mean that we would have to rely on spell-check (technology) less, our pronunciation would not follow a supposedly “uncontrolled” trajectory, and we our reading comprehension and/or speed could be increased. But furthermore, if language is at the core of culture, then relationships could improve, logic would be more precise, math could be better comprehended, learning could be easier. Words are the foundation of prosperity in society.
Throughout history, language has advanced, and each culture has either adopted other languages, or advanced their own, but the longer a language is in place, the better it fares. Written language has demanded a more critical eye of our communication. Language would now be able to be analyzed at length, and broken down to it’s most fundamental elements. Religious, civil, and artistic expressions tend to be the most widely found among written records of the past. But that was the past.
Written language Today
Gutenberg’s printing press and the internet have made the written communication a much more rewarding and influential mode of language. Until recently, only those who were eloquent and precise with language were allowed to produce published works. But now, blogs are a dime-a-dozen, and there are whole websites devoted to the informing of the masses of random facts presented with mediocre pictures, and/or humorous extra banter.
Language may not be the definition of a healthy society, but it is the best identifier of what is going on in society. In the days of old, pictorial language left a marginally-understood message to us to grasp. Today, our grammatically and phonetically correct language can convey a message with trackable translation instructions for future generations.