Linguistics 5200: Special Topics -American Sign Language
language is composed of sounds (phonology), which have no
meaning and are then combined into words (morphology) which do. The spoken and
written words are arbitrary and iconic in relation to their expressed symbols.
These words are combined with others in a structured format consisting of
semantics and syntax all with meaning shared by groups of English language
users. The users of English then
affect the language as they modify it to suit their communicative
The differences between
English and other languages can be explained
as a family resemblance of languages and lesser dialects. The main distinction
between the English language and others is then socially and culturally
constructed (with a few phonological variations and vernacular, dude). The
context and need for English is defined by the English Speakers themselves who
consciously and unconsciously control
its use and meaning.
say that English consists of phonology and morphology is overshadowed by the
users who are really the ones that define it. The English language itself then
is very fluid and changing based on the social and cultural variables of the
moment when being availed. You would need a solid definition of the culture of
an individual to then successfully describe their specific English Language
System, while it changes to suit their needs. Good luck figuring that out.