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    Why do we have names for objects? And why has every language given objects
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    For reference and communication purposes.

    Because objects have varying degrees of importance in various places around the world.
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    (Original post by whyumadtho)
    For reference and communication purposes.

    Because objects have varying degrees of importance in various places around the world.
    But who chooses what we call an object? Or does this just change over time?
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    But who chooses what we call an object? Or does this just change over time?
    An individual chooses and it eventually becomes commonplace. Most words in English have evolved or been borrowed from other languages systems like Latin, Greek and French.
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    An individual chooses and it eventually becomes commonplace. Most words in English have evolved or been borrowed from other languages systems like Latin, Greek and French.
    But could we not live in a society without words? Say if someone wanted something, they would show a picture of that thing to someone?
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    (Original post by advice_guru)
    But could we not live in a society without words? Say if someone wanted something, they would show a picture of that thing to someone?
    Yes, but communicating via shared language systems is faster and more detailed (grammatical information would be harder to represent as an image, for example).
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    (Original post by advice_guru)
    Why do we have names for objects? And why has every language given objects
    different names?

    We have to name objects so it makes it far easier and quicker to refer to them. For example ships. Loads of em about but if you want to talk to someone about a really big one that hit an iceberg you use the word Titanic. Or an even bigger one with guns you use the word Bismark. Using the word Bismark rather than "massive german boat with huge guns that took an armada to sink it" is quicker to say. That is why things have names.
 
 
 
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