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Language is the term commonly used for any distinctive means of communication. There are several types of language, including , written language, and oral/aural language (spoken). The study of language is commonly called Linguistics.


  • "Two languages in one head? No-one can live at that speed!";
    "But the Dutch speak four languages and smoke marijuana." --Eddie Izzard
  • "Language is not only an instrument of communication or even of knowledge, but also an instrument of power. One seeks not only to be understood but also to be believed, obeyed, respected, distinguished." --Pierre Bourdieu
  • "He who is ignorant of other languages is ignorant of his own." --Goethe
  • "In the commerce of speech use only coin of gold and silver." --Joubert
  • "The language denotes the man. A coarse or refined character finds its expression naturally in a coarse or refined phraseology." --Bovee
  • "Language is the picture and counterpart of thought." --Mark Hopkins
  • "Felicity, not fluency, of language is a merit." --Whipple

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