Arbitrariness in Language, Pt. 1

Pretty much since its inception, one of the core principles of linguistics has been that language is arbitrary (De Saussure, 1916; Hockett, 1960). That is, there’s no apparent relationship between a sign and what it signifies; nothing inherent about the word “dog” suggests that it must refer to the DOG concept[1]. But this hasn’t stopped … Continue reading Arbitrariness in Language, Pt. 1