June 01, 2013
- language (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1a : the words, their pronunciation, and the methods of combining them used and understood by a large group of people b : a means of communicating ideas2 : form or style of verbal expression3 : a system of signs and symbols and rules for using them that is used to carry information
- How do you use it?
- Because Naoki's family is in the diplomatic service, he has lived in several countries and speaks three languages.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which one of these words do you think comes from the same parent word as "language"?The word is out that D is the answer. The tongue plays an important role in human speech and different sounds are made by different positions of the tongue. The tongue and speech are so closely connected that in many languages, the word that means "tongue" also means "language." This is true in English, as when we say "she spoke a foreign tongue." It was also true in Latin, where the word "lingua" meant both "tongue" and "language." From "lingua" came the early French word "langue," meaning "tongue" or "language," and later another early French word, "langage," which was borrowed into English as "language."