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ERIC Number: ED013028
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-Dec
Pages: 11
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THE STUDY OF LANGUAGES--A POINT OF VIEW.
EDGERTON, M., JR.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY IN SCHOOLS SHOULD BE PREDICATED ON THE NEED OF SOCIETIES TO COEXIST WITH OTHER CONTEMPORARY NATIONAL CULTURES. IN A WORLD THAT CONSISTS OF A LARGE NUMBER OF HISTORICALLY DETERMINED, SEPARATE CULTURES, LANGUAGE ALONE CAN PRESENT THE LINGUISTICALLY CONDITIONED THOUGHT PATTERNS, THE "REALITY," OF A SPECIFIC CULTURE. LANGUAGE MAY BE INTERPRETED AS A SYSTEM OF MORE OR LESS ACCURATE AND ADEQUATE LABELS THAT EXPRESS OBJECTIVE AND ABSOLUTE "REALITY," OR IT MAY BE THE EXPRESSION AND EMBODIMENT OF HISTORICALLY CONDITIONED "REALITIES" RELATIVE TO EACH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE. HOWEVER, TO ACHIEVE REALISTICALLY DESIRED BETTER INTERNATIONAL UNDERSTANDING, THE LEARNER MUST TREAT EACH HUMAN LANGUAGE AS A CODIFICATION OF A COLLECTIVELY SUBJECTIVE "REALITY," AND MUST GAIN IN THE STUDY OF A FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE AN INTIMATE AND SYMPATHETIC KNOWLEDGE OF THE CONTRASTING "REALITIES" OF OTHER CULTURES THAT SELECT, ORGANIZE, AND EXPRESS EXPERIENCE DIFFERENTLY THAN HE DOES. THIS ARTICLE IS A REPRINT FROM "LIBERAL EDUCATION," VOLUME 51, NUMBER 4, DECEMBER 1965. (AB)
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