Language is All About Classification

Man is a classifying animal: in one sense it may be said that the whole process of speaking is nothing but distributing phenomena, of which no two are alike in every respect, into different classes on the strength of perceived similarities and dissimilarities. In the name-giving process we witness the same ineradicable and very useful tendency to see likenesses and to express similarity in the phenomena through similarity in name.


It follows that the more words a person learns, the more refined their ability to classify phenomena and objects.

Folksonomies: language taxonomy classification

/science/mathematics/geometry (0.340951)
/hobbies and interests/paranormal phenomena (0.216146)
/religion and spirituality/islam (0.139921)

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 Language, its nature, development, and origin
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Jespersen , Otto (1922), Language, its nature, development, and origin, Retrieved on 2012-06-06
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