Is language just a communication tool?

Fancy a little challenge? The title of this entry is the topic of the philosophy exam in this year’s Bac. I want your essays on my desk tomorrow morning. Mine, in 1990, was "Is art work or leisure?". I loved it.

By | 2016-10-18T15:51:06+00:00 June 9th, 2005|Language|4 Comments

About the Author:

I am Céline Graciet, a freelance English to French translator. Since 2003 I’ve been writing on all sorts of areas linked to translation and the life of a translator.


  1. Johanka June 9, 2005 at 5:38 pm

    So, what did you argue for – work or leisure? 🙂
    Or perhaps a compromise between the two?

  2. Stuart Mudie June 9, 2005 at 8:44 pm

    Is art work or leisure? Yes.

  3. céline June 10, 2005 at 10:28 am

    Work! The word “compromise” wasn’t part of my vocabulary when I was 17.

  4. language hat June 11, 2005 at 5:19 pm

    Is language just a communication tool? No, it’s a floor wax *and* a dessert topping!
    (That’s from an old Saturday Night Live routine, in case you haven’t become acquainted with that piece of Americana.)

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