What is language? – Defining "language" vs. "languages" — Linguistics 101
ferretyluv: I wish these videos were longer. You brought up great questions and didn't answer them.
Bruce Aramayo: Romance languages have different words for each concept. In Spanish, for instance, 'lenguaje' is used for the ability of communication, while 'lengua' is used to refer to the linguistic system.
Malcolm Holborne: I don't think "does language make us human?" to be a good queston for the topic at hand, maybe "are we born with the ability language or do we learn it?"
NativLang: Thanks for the input!\n\nSince the video touches on a basic definition of human language and then moves on to ask questions about its status as a human ability (1 – is it innate, 2 – is it uniquely human and uniquely linguistic, 3 – what does it have to do with reasoning and formal languages), I think the title is a fit in an open-ended sort of way.\n\nI have an older video specifically about the nativist/empiricist debate (#1 above), which only gets brought up once here.
Ingo Mar: Who's watching in 2017? Who else is on old NativLang marathon?
ahmed fawzy: Wow
torntrof: When I was in school, my ppsichology teacher told us about an old experiment that might've proven that language is something that comes naturually to all humans and is even a vital necessity. Sorry that I can't provide any sources though…
112ddd211: great video – i'm always impressed about how you present the topic with easy 'language' and clear visuals\n\nwhy didn't you refer to the ability though with the capital L as is done in publications… 'Language' ?
NativLang: Thank you! I'll strive to live up to that reputation in future videos.\n\nStylistic choice I guess – shooting for very relatable, non-academic language. Different fonts and colors for the two "language"s helped distinguish them.