language as a system rather than tool what are the advantages and disadvantages of studying a language as a SYSTEM rather than as a tool of COMMUNICATION? plz answer in detail  

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This is really only a question which can be applied to those learning a second (or more) language, it seems to me.  It would be virtually impossible to teach a native language as a system, as the first words and sounds spoken by babies are to communicate.  We all learn that words have the power to move and persuade and explain very early on, and I see no way that will ever change.  Learning another language, though, may well benefit from a more systemic approach; however, learning that language, too, is probably motivated by the need to communicate more than simply learning for learning's sake.  If one simply has an academic interest in learning a language, learning it as a system would clearly be the most effective method.  For everyone else, learning a language is motivated by the need or desire to communicate. 

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