Language as Technology

One of the reasons I chose to become a journalist is because of a fascination with language. Over the years, in various roles, I have had to think a lot about the changes in language and the importance of the accurate and precise use of words. After all, CBC Journalistic Standards and Practices states that “Good usage and accuracy are essential to high quality journalism.”

In this intriguing article published in the U.S. version of The Conversation (a Canadian version coming soon), Salikoko S. Mufwene, the Frank J. McLoraine Distinguished Service Professor of Linguistics and Humanities, Collegiate Division - University of Chicago, writes that language may be humans’ most significant technological achievement. He says language was created like other technologies, to help us survive more easily. An interesting idea - although words are weapons, too.