Illocutionary Act Essays

Language Acquisition

Discuss synchronic and diachronic approaches to language. In opposition to the totally historical view of language of the previous hundred years, Ferdinand de Saussure emphasized the importance of seeing from two distinct and largely exclusive points of view, which he called “synchronic” and “diachronic”. The word “chronic” has been derived from Greek word “chronos” which means time. Synchronic linguistics sees language as a living whole, existing as a state at a particular point in time (an ital de langue, as…

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