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The limit of my language means the limits of my world. - Ludwig Wittgenstein

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There are about 6000 to 7000 languages spoken in the world and in more ways than one these languages become the expression of the diverse cultural identities of the globes inhabitants, for with language we are able to transmit our collective knowledge to future generations. It is our capacity to have language that many people would agree distinguishes us from other living beings on earth. Although people are capable of learning many different languages over a single lifetime, the first language we learn from birth will have the greatest affect on us mentally, socially, and even psychologically, and this first language is affectionately termed, “mother tongue language.”

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