Let's cut to the chase. This blog is meant to be a conversation starter rather than a lecture of the known world. I can cite article after article to convince you that language is the most important tool we have access to, but I'm not going to preach at you like that. I'll explain enough to get my point across and ask a few loaded questions to get you thinking. Maybe a quote or two will slip in there to really clarify a point, but I want to focus on new media. We have all this technology available to, not only record uses of language, but also to change how we communicate globally and analyze changes in speech.
Language isn’t concrete despite the rules that are put in place. How can something be constant and flexible at the same time? This blog will open the conversation about our current understanding of language and the implications of further development. We have more access to information than any other generation; what can we do with it differently to benefit the world?
I believe perspective matters. Behaviorism states that humans are a byproduct of our environment. Through subtle punishment and reinforcement, we are conditioned to react the ways that we do. In part I agree and, thus, you need to understand who I am in order to fully understand my message.
My name is Ryan Gershuny and I am a 22-year-old senior at the University of New Hampshire. I am intrigued by philosophy and classics, but my true passion is law. I’d consider myself introverted, even though my friends will disagree. I come from a family of 6 people; mom, dad, two older brothers, and a little sister. Family values and well as an altruistic determination have been instilled in me throughout my childhood. I grew up in Massachusetts where I currently work. My family has been part of the sailing community since I can remember. What else do you want to know? What else do you think would impact my ideas on language?
What is Language?
Language and thought