Polylingualism and Languaging

Authored by: J. Normann Jørgensen , Janus Spindler Møller

The Routledge Companion to English Studies

Print publication date:  March  2014
Online publication date:  March  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415676182
eBook ISBN: 9781315852515
Adobe ISBN: 9781317918929

10.4324/9781315852515.ch5

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Abstract

Humankind is a languaging species. Human beings share a capacity for language that is unique among living creatures. This capacity enables human beings to develop a complex system of arbitrary signs, and to use this system for transferring experiences and insights to other humans across great distances in time and space. Language thus enables human beings to create meaning, situated as well as generalized, and to change the world through communication with others by means of language, through languaging.

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