Are there languages that we know, but don’t know about?

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If you are reading this, you know the language of reading text. You also probably know the language of speaking words. You know English, for that is the language I am writing in, and you might know other languages of the like of French or German, Japanese, Farsi, or…

But there are languages you might know that you don’t even realize you know.
I want you to consider something. When you go into a movie and watch it more than likely there is a musical score playing, and that score is reinforcing whatever is happening. The music alone is creating a mood. The music, whether you know the title or the words – if ever any were written for it – create an emotional response within you. The music is speaking to you in an emotional language.

A friend who I respect for music he plays at society events I attended in a medieval recreation society told me that playing music rich with certain chords would create certain feelings in the listeners. He was referring to playing guitar at the time. That was what he was showing me to play, but it matters little which instrument so long as the music is played in the appropriate key.  Music played with many chords like E minor, A minor, and D minor will give a somber moody feel to the music.

I am not a musician so I can not tell you what key we are talking about or what keys give what feelings. But he knew what he talked about and his music was full of emotion. I also know that the music good composers put to movies will give that emotion as well. We in the audience understand that language of music, even if we could not compose it. It is a language that our bodies feel in emotional response.
This language of music… did it come from our listening to wolves howl, the wind in the branches, the moans of lovers, the groan of the Earth,  the cries of babes?
What other languages are there hidden within us?

What do you think of when you walk into a room decorated in bright greens, cheery reds, sunshine yellows, and other bright colours? What do you think of when you walk into a room done in monochrome subdued gray and black with some white? What do you think of a room that is dark with browns and blacks and dark shadows? What of a brightly lit room done in pure shades of green or blue? These rooms speak to you as well don’t they. They speak in a language of light and colour and we have something inside us that seems to understand it.

I am not sure if the languages of music and of colour are universal. I don’t know if people of all cultures have similar reactions. I know that different cultures have different views on colours for different situations. For example the colour of purity of one culture might be the colour of mourning of another so the choice of a bride in one culture might another’s for a funeral. I don’t know whether this is for the same reason or not. Perhaps there is a different view of morning and purity in the two cultures and the view of colour is the same?

Or perhaps like the spoken word, the language of colour is different in different places. It still would be a language of man. The same might be of music.

Are there other languages that we know. but don’t know about or consider? That is something to consider isn’t it?

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  • Frances Lawrence on Nov 21, 2009

    A very interesting and well though out article. I don’t think the language of music is universal, my family are very musical but I dislike music.

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