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Quote by Noam Chomsky - A language is not just words

“A language is not just words…” Noam Chomsky

by | 24 Dec 2017 | Quotes

 

“We still live here – âs nutayuneân” is a 2010 film that tells the amazing story of the return of a language: the language of the Wampanoag people who helped the first English settlers in America.

 

In this film, the famous linguist, philosopher and cognitive scientist Noam Chomsky says this about languages:

 

“A language is not just words. It’s a culture, a tradition, a unification of a community, a whole history that creates what a community is. It’s all embodied in a language.”

 

Indeed, a language, any language, is so much more than mere words. Isn’t it what makes languages so wonderful?

 

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