‘The limits of my language mean the limits of my world”
This statement boldly expresses that knowledge of language is a direct determination of knowledge itself and the world. There is no perfect language that expresses every thought, sensation, idea, creation or every single thing under the sun. Not even in collaboration with every language is it possible for language to only determine one’s complete noetic structure of the world; however, it is the most important tool at communicating the thoughts. Without language, nothing could be communicated, moreover, accomplished. Language amazingly facilitates person-to-person, culture-to-culture and nation-to-nation connections.
Wittgenstein developed theories on how language connects a person to the world. Having two principle philosophies of language, Wittgenstein shows the indefinite complexity of how language is imperative to philosophy, knowledge and understanding. His first works were birth from a desire to achieve factual structure to language, which was influenced mainly by his mathematical and logical background. This lead him to equate a pictorial meaning to language and although, he himself abandoned his earlier school of thought and adopted a new one based on opposing principles, his quest to expand knowledge of language has become an intricate yet significant part in the way language is analyzed today. A brief synopsis of both seem to point out there multiple expressions of language and each factor into true acquisition of knowledge as it pertains to one’s world.
Language is essential to the communication system between humans to ensure vitality and therefore its very form is innate. The forms of language can be exemplified through speech, the body, sensation and sounds. Even before words, there is communication of thought from birth. From birth, language it is learned through someone else’s knowledge of language. In this sense, one is limited to that person’s limitation of language. Throughout life those limitations dissipate and ones understanding grows as knowledge it sought for self. A newborn’s cry is saying something to its mother, be it hunger, thirst, or the need for warmth, comfort and most importantly the desire for love. For the baby, language is meaningless but yet a very vital part of his or his communication to the mother. But for Wittgenstein, in this very example lies the root for the language-game that goes with Wittgenstein’s first philosophical theory on language. P.M.S. Hacker asks, ‘How do words refer to sensation? – …This question is the same as: how...