Slaves of Imperialism
Language is a really hard term to define and most linguists and philologists have been unable to define it clearly. Language is a system of arbitrary, vocal symbols which permit all people in a given culture or other people who have learned the system of that culture, to communicate or interact. Language is a systematic means of communicating ideas or feelings by the use of conventionalized sings, sounds, gestures, or marks having understood meanings. One of the shared features by these two definitions and many others is the communicative aspect of language. People use language to express their thoughts, feelings, attitudes, to impose their desire on others, to persuade and sometimes to exploit them. Much of a society’s history and culture is contained in its language. Language determines social, educational, cultural and political aspects of people and it separates groups or binds them, if they share common attitudes. Language can play a determining role in empowering or weakening nations, but is it really language which is so powerful or the government policies that decide when, to whom and why a certain language must be taught. I think the latter is the case and in today’s world language can be a powerful means to change society’s atmosphere but under what policies and to what extent it will be discussed in this paper.
Index Terms— Imperialism, Culture, Language, Globalization.