An organ called Language / Ankita Podder

When I proclaim myself to be this self-confessed fan of unprecedented and unapologetic conversations, I literally mean it in words. Often when species on earth have conversations my nascent flights of imagination gestures me to some brilliancy of sorts. It signals me of ignited fireworks, of words bursting in the air, laced with smokes of vented mind or wounded heart. The ecstasy and the indescribable bewilderment of articulating what you feel or what you know, the syllables gradually emerging through your mouth organs and landing on the planet, you are credible of creating sheer beauty out of cognition. Have you ever noticed the how the language organelle helps you in speaking out your mind and heart?

Language acquisition device is a strange phenomenon entailing what verbal pleasures and displeasure are made up of. It is a matter of astonishment that how a human mind is capable of acquiring language different than their native ones like a habit. Everyone is not aiming to be a polyglot, but the effort to inhabit the structure of a different language is a pleasing site. In spite of standing in the threshold of an agreeable progressive society, language discriminations still exist majorly wherein the dominant language speaker is often entitled to be socially relevant.

Therefore, the capability of transforming abstract thoughts into words, sentences and intonations is incredible and the possibilities are immense. I haven’t noticed the blooming of a flower, but I have felt flashes of extreme nervousness or exhausting happiness while expressing my anger, love, anxiety and disappointment through my words. Studies have also shown the liberation and mental peace which one derives after productive raging which occurs impromptu as rushes of body toxins that it is often advised to just throw up the words and emotions and not hold back, since as organisms we are specially enabled with this feature.

Long ago, generations had been inspired by the organ called “language” which we all have retained in us and every day we create different alterations to it and redefine language. Because unlike other organisms, ‘we can always talk it out’. If even one avoids the language distinction and ponders over the histrionic achievement of being able to speak up one’s mind it is rather startling to witness the final transition of an idea to its utterance. Right from the basic ideology being generated from the neurons to its manual development and passing through the vocal chords then gliding from the hard palette and soft palette in some cases until the dental pack arrives and finally; falling to the tongue tray followed by its introduction to grammar icing and verbal acclimatization and transferred to the labial twins for its delivery. Sigh, the transaction is complete. You had a successful utterance now! The speech mechanism is a very technical process that entails a number of psychological and physiological engineering. Pronunciation and enunciation are two of the basic attributes of speaking patterns and the skills of development in an individual provides wings to utterance.

The mystical transition of the sheer joy and happiness of first words uttered by a child to the remains of last word as a living person is an intimate experience. I have often witnessed the helplessness of my mother, struggling to communicate with her grandson who lives abroad and speaks American English. I have observed lovers with different linguistic backgrounds responding with translations to their expressions. I myself have been very elated to meet an Indian and finally converse in Hindi on my week-long trip to London.

On close observation of verbal events as extempore, debates, spelling bee competitions, one realizes the thrill of information sharing, perceiving and individual response to meta cognition. On a thoughtful note, have you noticed the most exciting part of conversations when two or more speakers are involved in an uncannily great enthusiasm! There are situations where both the speaker as well as the listener have industrious amount of sincerity and patience to just listen to each other. There are situations where neither the speaker and nor the listener are nothing but boisterous loud noises and pretending to be human forms of arguments. There are also situations where the speaker and the listener merge to form a cascading rhythm of profound serendipity. There are even situations where only one participant does the talking and the opponent speaker perceives and interacts strategically to the arguments with evident facts and data.

Dig, locate, cultivate and also let the world know that your research is reaching out to them. Everyone provides us some or other kind of knowledge every day. One should work on that, add their views and words to it and just emerge with insights. Engage in conversations, relate, segregate, bring on more facts, club reality with fiction and fractions and come up with the best fabricating skills you own and just spell it out.

There are armies of people who will assume you through your lifetime, it’s okay. If you are being judged, good for you, at least you know that you can die peacefully because you are under the observing scanner of the envious neighbor with the privilege of being ‘outspoken’ species of the world, or the abstract relative who lives in the disowned continent of the north west shore of Arctic Pole who judges your unpopular opinion. Basically, just talk out, if you cannot shut them though. The world has assumed that often silence speak louder than words but as an interactive being involved in proactive retrieval of information. Don’t tuck yourself away from the infinite possibilities that you can emerge into every day. I would advise my younger self and the younglings to continuously contribute in the chaos, do something which you can make others listen to and hear it yourself too when there are heartbeats speeding off almost taking your breath away.

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  1. Rusa Bhowmik

    This is an exquisite example of how one can explain the quirks of linguistics to a layman. This was layered with sprinkles of information as one expects, nonetheless keeping the aesthetic appeal in it.


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