I was wondering whether all users of language on this forum agree with the following statement.
'Language is the social underpin of our society, responsible for every action that takes place.'
It's more of a general curiosity, stemming from a recent discussion I had in regards to the many different literacy practices used in society.
I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.
'Underpin', 'support' etc.
Underpin is a verb, according to the dictionary.
'Support, justify, or form the basis for: "the theme of honor underpinning the two books.'
I wouldn't be too sure about that. In our society, communication is used everywhere. Without it, there would be no society.
Would you care to provide your example?
Keeping in mind the social context.
Last edited by HanibalII; 22-May-2013 at 22:58.
Maybe I didn't word it clearly enough. In a social context IE interaction. If a couple starts having sex, surely one of them would've made their intentions clear beforehand. (Gestures etc) Same with a woman being mugged. Surely the mugger would make his intentions clear. Again with gestures. A baby pooping isn't interaction in a social context, my mistake for not making that clear beforehand.
Maybe 'every action' is a bit too broad for this statement. Maybe it should be 'social interaction.'
It's not only 'every action' that's too broad. You are using 'Language' rather broadly if it's intended to cover gesture and non-linguistic signals of intention to mug.
Returning to the subject of 'underpin' it seems to me that Haniballl and his class-mates may have heard a native speaker saying 'X is the underpinning of Y', and the two nasals were heard as one.
By the way, the question about critical thinking was literal. If they don't teach such a course at Charles Stuart, you could enrol in one through OUA. I'd recommend Macquarie's PHI120.