Lives, Legends, and Legacies
Admittedly, there might not seem to be a great deal of glamour in foreign language studies, but twenty-first century language studies are not merely about polylingualism. Taught properly, language studies are culture- and literature-driven fields that reflect an evolved discipline and an encompassing inquiry. In contrast to the descriptive and observational humanities, literature is an experiential medium and an art form that stand apart. A single individual can live a thousand lives through an author’s pages, but as it is said, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Entry-level language studies are not altogether different than learning a musical instrument. What might be rough and cacophonic at first later gives rise to glorious symphonies and language gives rise to powerful influence. The human mouth is as much an instrument as a piano or a trumpet and the brain forms synaptic pathways that enable speakers to move pharyngocranial muscles in ways that produce sounds which other brains map to coherent thought. In the abstract, language studies could seem banal but it is what a person does with an acquired language that makes it useful, relevant, interesting, and even exciting.
Digital Humanities is not merely deploying technology in the humanities, but rather employing technology within the humanities to do things that would be impossible but for modern technology.Language and culture studies.