Language and Languages. a report by Eva- Maria Nunnemann. Questions. What is „language“? What is „a language“? How many languages are there?. Question 1: What is „language“?. The word or concept „language“ is used quite regularly in daily conversation
a report by
Eva- Maria Nunnemann
In the literature you find a diversity of definitions but none covers all the different aspects of language !
Spoken and signed by humans for general-purpose communication
Linguistically: the term only applies to languages that have evolved naturally
The study primarily involves native speakers
Also non-standart language varieties (African American Vernacular English) are natural languages
Examples: English, German, French, Finnish…
Linguistik. Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh.
Bielefelder Sicht. Bielefeld: Aisthesis Verlag.