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What is language?

It's a basic question, right? Before we tackle "translation", it makes sense to have an understanding of what language is. Here is Dave Gray's attempt to visualize language:
What is language?

The image summarizes his synthesis of ideas from a book called Using Language by Herbert H. Clark. The book's publisher, Cambridge University Press, says:

This book argues that language use is more than the sum of a speaker speaking and a listener listening. It is the joint action that emerges when speakers and listeners - writers and readers - perform their individual actions in coordination, as ensembles. The author argues strongly that language use embodies both individual and social processes.
Take a look at this review to get a sense of the book - and then it's time to get back to translating!

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