International Baccalaureate requires their students to write several essays within Theory and Knowledge (TOK) courses. This essay is an example essay written for the TOK course of IB and discusses the question of is language just for human beings?
Is Language Just for Human Beings?
There has been many arguements about the topic aobut language and most people think that language is used between all the animals and human beings. I’m one of those, who think in that way and I will touch upon the reasons that effected me and made me think so.
All living things are in touch with each other. Can you imagine a world without communication between the members of groups of different animals? If they were not in touch with each other, the world would just be a mass of different kinds of moving things.
We can easily see mother dogs, for instance, trying to find food for its kids. Also, there are many birds that find food food for its kids. When the mother animal brings food, the kids start singing or barking. Even we, as human beings, can’t understand what the sounds that they make mean but most probably it is the way in which they thank to their mother, they express their feelings or the way in which they want food. Whatever they try to say by these sounds has no important. Because, whatever they say, we know that they say something to their mother and they use language like human beings.
As a result, there is a specialized language for every living thing on earth and using language is not just specialized for human beings, the animals and birds can also use language and communicate by using language.