Language and Linguistics

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Dr. Nisha Thomji Varghese
BA English
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Language sets people apart from all other creatures. Every known human society has had a language and though some nonhumans may be able to communicate with one another in fairly complex ways, none of their communication systems begins to approach language in its ability to convey information. Nor is the transmission of complex and varied information such an integral part of the everyday lives of other creatures. Nor do other communication systems share many of the design features of human language, such as the ability to communicate about events other than in the here and now. But it is difficult to conceive of a human society without a language.

Language, like culture, that other most human attribute, is notable for its unity in diversity: there are many languages and many cultures, all different but all fundamentally the same, because there is one human nature and because a fundamental property of this human nature is the way in which it allows such diversity in both language and culture.

Language, being a human activity, is social in nature; hence, linguistics is usually classified as a social science. Because languages can only be studied through human behavior, linguistics, like psychology, is further classified as a behavioral science; and because language is essentially mental, linguistics is also a cognitive science.

 

 

 

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Dr. Nisha Thomji Varghese
Dr. Nisha Thomji Varghese, Dean, Quality Assurance and Assistant Professor, Department of English, St. Albert’s College (Autonomous), Ernakulam has a teaching experience of 17 years. She completed her undergraduate studies from Assumption College, Changanassery and went on to do her Master’s in English Literature and Language from St. Berchmans’ College, Changanassery. A rank holder for both M.A and B.Ed. she has specialized in Language and Linguistics as well as Resistance Literature. She has served as the Head of the Department of English, NSS Programme Officer, master trainer for ASAP (an initiative by the Government of Kerala to equip selected school/college students with skills in communication, IT and selected areas of industry and service sectors) and is a motivational speaker for adolescents. Nisha has also spearheaded many charitable initiatives including Drachma Yon (a Rupee a Day Programme for rehabilitating the underprivileged) and Lebenah Aheb (a house building project for one of the support staff). She is the Associate Editor of the Albertian Review of Literature, a peer reviewed journal of the Department of English. She was awarded PhD from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore in 2018 for her thesis titled Beauty for Ashes: The Resilient Metamorphosis of the Marginalized Afghan Women in Select Works. She is an enthusiastic and focused teacher committed to safeguarding and promoting the academic acumen of her students as well as reinforcing their self-esteem and intuitive thinking. She provides a rich and varied education for all her students by facilitating and encouraging innovative learning experiences.
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