Philology is the study of language in written historical sources. It involves the analysis of literary texts, written records, where they have come from, who wrote them, and what meaning they hold. The philological community has differing beliefs as to many aspects of the history of language, and often these differences have given rise to heated debates. The history of language can also be viewed as involving a debate about the meaning of things which have been written that have shaped whole cultures and ultimately the way we have come to behave in certain contexts.
For these reasons the history of language can be a tricky area, as some ‘meaning’ can change over time, according to place, and indeed, depending on which viewpoint you take as your beginning. Against the backdrop of the communities which have invested great amounts of time in this subject, I have chosen to make a basic exploration of some of the beliefs held by some of the people about the origins of written language. It is not scholarly, as any serious study which leads to statement making should be. It is a casual jaunt to expand my horizons and to help comprehend that the depths of language are far greater than I could idly take for granted. Read more