Language can be everything—Roxy (Jiange)

What is Language

Before the reading, if someone ask me what is language, I will tell him that language is the ability to use a complex system of communication to express feelings, and languages are totally different from each other and arbitrary. There exist 5000-7000 kinds of languages in the world now. But, after the reading, I will say everything could be language, there must be millions of ways to express thoughts. Not only the languages, spoken or signed, can be language; all those auditory, visual, or tactile stimuli to the brain can also be languages. “It is a abundantly clear that the brain is organized in terms of numerous interacting areas that together determine our experience of the world and our intentions to act.” (Jackendoff, 130)

Brain is like a CPU, the input are all kinds of stimuli, and the output depends on the things you familiar with. All man are born equal, yes,it is also true to a linguist. A 8-month-old baby can have the ability to identify all the different existing pronunciations, there are more than 800 pronunciations! But later, if his brain stop being stimulated by the particular sound, he will lose this ability. A Chinese-Speaker cannot pronunciate /l/ sound and /rrrr/ sound, without training. A Japanese-speaker cannot tell the differences between /r/ and /l/, my english-speaking classmates cannot pronunciate my name……

So long as there is an input, stimuli to the brain, the brain can help us to feel this world.

Here is also another interesting device. BrainPort device, created by Wisconsin-based Wicab, Inc., consists of a pair of sunglasses with an embedded camera, a hand-held CPU, and an electrode-laden paddle which sits on the user’s tongue which is placed on the user’s tongue. The camera will capture the visual information, transfer them into electric impulses and stimulate the brain through the tongue.

Besides, output methods can be various. I think we all had inner voice sometimes, which means we can think in words. Some people may curious about how deaf people think in words. Actually, blind people’s dream may contain those feelings, so deaf people can think in those gestures and signs. So it doesn’t matter which language is your mother tongue, we all think in f-language, or f-mind.

Language can exist in everywhere.



[1] “Irvine-Linguistics-Key-Concepts.pdf.” Google Docs. Accessed September 22, 2016.
[2] “Radford-Linguistics-Cambridge-Excerpts.pdf.” Google Docs. Accessed September 22, 2016.
[3] “Jackendoff-Foundations-of-Language-Excerpts.pdf.” Google Docs. Accessed September 22, 2016.
[4] BrainPort V100. (2015, Nov. 30).BrainPort V100 Vision Aid [Video file].Retrieved by
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About Roxy

I am a graduate student from Georgetown University. 4 years ago, I felt language ability was my highest priority. That is why after being recommended to the Xi’an Jiaotong University, I chose Bilingual as my major. I served as Project Manager of the Re-paper Project on campus, which aimed to optimize my university’s paper recycling system. We first put recycling bins for waste paper in classrooms. Then, we focused on training cleaning staff how to classify waste paper and increase their income as a payback, and cooperated with a local recycling. We also noticed that improving the environmental awareness of students can help out the administration rather than simply publicizing our project. After six months, paper recycling improved considerably on campus. At this point, I began to realize the power of communications. I, then, began an internship at the Xinhua News Agency. This institutional focus on exactitude led me to raise the standard for my own work. I translated news from all over the world and also broaden my knowledge. I consulted reports from different countries to report the objective one. I also learned to keep attention to details after finishing the road book for our photography team in Tibet. Having experienced the communication fields as an amateur, I would now like to concentrate on it.