2 In Linguistics

Linguistics (:

I was reading an introductory book on languages in the library today and I came across some quotes and information that I thought was really interesting. After learning korean for almost a year, I came to discover my interest in languages, especially East Asian languages like Korean and Japanese. So, I thought I should start reading up more about it during my free time.

When we study the human language, we are approaching what some might call the ‘human essence’, the distinctive qualities of the mind that are, as far as we know, unique to man.

Noam Chomsky

I have never gave much thought about languages before. How does a child actually pick up a language, why can they do so in a short period of time without actually having lessons or being taught the complicated grammer? Does first language acquisition actually differ from 2nd language acquisition?

The book highlights creativity as a universal property of human language. Whether by using Korean, Japanese or any other languages, we can form an infinite number of of unique sentences that may or may not make logical sense.

Also, the book mentioned linguistic competence VS performance. We may know alot about a particular language, but whether or not we can put our knowledge into practical usage is a totally different matter. (yeah, I can write and read better than I can speak korean >< )


I just received a letter from my Korean penpal today 😀 wow, she even sent me some math questions written in Korean. Hmmm. i totally forgot how you solve logarithms etc etc, not to mention the fact that the questions are written in KOREAN. haha i think even if i figured out what the question is asking, i still won’t be able to solve it 😀

oops I got so engrossed with this post that it’s 10:30 right now ):


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  • Reply
    24 January, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Same! Haha (I guess most of my comments will start with ‘same’ from now on… lemme try in Korean… hmmm 같은 생각인데… is that even correct? oh well… ㅋㅋㅋ)
    I have no interest in languages before (or probably haven’t really thought about it). after self-studying Korean, i went back to school because 1. i’ve always wanted to go back to school and finish a degree, 2. i heard from a friend that there are korean classes. so from my major (film, which i no longer want to continue) i enrolled in linguistics. i’ve been taking linguistics subjects for 2 semesters now and it’s very interesting and i learned a lot. (Chomsky! Chomsky!) But i won’t deny the fact that there are nights when i just want to rip my books apart and throw them out the window – that is if i am not yet on dreamland after reading the first paragraph. ^_^

    • Reply
      25 January, 2011 at 10:36 AM

      ‘저도 같은 생각이에요’ i think this will sound more natural. 같은 생각인데 has the connotation that you agree somewhat .. BUT.. hahaha 😀

      yay we have the same major!! i love linguistics too ^^ But I’ll be happier with korean studies though oops. I agree sometimes i feel so frustrated with it, but overall i still like it very much!

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