Language is what separates humans from all other species on the plant. It allows us to communicate, express thoughts and form relationships. Chapter eight is all about the phenomena of language. It explains exactly what language is, how it affects our thoughts, and how it effects out reasoning. The chapter also talks about how language came about, the different components to language, and different stages of its development. I found the section on bilingualism especially interesting because I grew up in a bilingual home. It focused particularly on how children who grow up learning two languages are affected, answering questions like how does it hinder their progress in learning language and how does it affect other areas of learning; I found the information related very closely to my experiences growing up in a bilingual environment. Towards the end of the chapter the focus is shifted from the logistics of language to how to effectively use it. We all know that language is what separates us from other animals, but few people really take the time to truly understand language which is what chapter eight is all about.
Chapter 8: Language, Thinking and Reasoning
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