Communication and Language - What Is the Difference?
Dec 24, 2016 English Language Teaching (ELT) 2351 Views
Here are the differences between language and communication. Although they have much in common, they are altogether different. Take the time to discover these differences now.
What is Communication?
Communication is the use of symbols to transmit information. Communication is usually referred to as the act of transmission. Communication involves numerous channels. During communication we use all our senses. Through sounds, sight, touch, smell, and taste we are brought messages from the outside world. We are always communicating, even though we do not always intend to. Even our silence can communicate something.
Communication is often very complex when it involves multiple signals. A sarcastic remark can be made with a smile. Communication is not confined to humans. Animals communicate with each other too. The communication process can be described in theoretical models. The common elements of these theoretical models are: Sender, channel, message, noise, receiver, feedback. The sender sends the message. The channel is used to transmit the message. Noise is any interference. The receiver is the intended recipient. And lastly, feedback is the receiver's response. To conclude, communication is a part of everyday life and often something we take for granted.
What is Language?
Language is a system with a foundational grammatical basis. Language has grammatical rules that proficient users routinely apply. This collection of rules describes the arrangement of expressions. This includes the arrangement of worlds, clauses, phrases and sentences.
The rules of language include: syntax, phonetics, phonology, morphology, semantics, the lexicon, and pragmatics. Semantics refers to the recognisable combination of words. Phonetics and phonology refers to pronunciation and the combination of sounds. Morphology refers to how the combination of segments of words make up whole ones. Semantics refers to the establishment of systems of meaning. The lexicon refers to vocabulary. Pragmatics refers to the everyday social use of language.
Language is a type of communication. In the case of humans, it is the most important type. Language is a communication tool used uniquely by humans. Animals can not apply the rules of language. In conclusion, language is a multi-faceted concept.
In short, language is a form of communication. It is a combination of grammar and semantics and noises that those who have a common understanding of can communicate with each other. Communication is any method by which people exchange information. Communication is the builder and language is his tools. Language is a tool. Communication is an experience.