But behavior in the human being is sometimes a defense, a way of concealing motives and thoughts, as language can be a way of hiding your thoughts and preventing communication. - Abraham MaslowLanguage is more than a way to communicate between two or more individuals. It is also a process in which we communicate with ourselves. It is an avenue of thinking which links together streams of various forms of information beyond words, all which lead to understanding. And, of course, is (or should be) subject to change.
I wish to suggest that the general process of reaching an understanding between persons and the process of understanding per se are both language-events that resemble the inner conversation of the soul with itself, a conversation which Plato asserted was the very essence of thinking.
- Hans-Georg Gadamer, Language and Understanding (1970), Theory,& Society, 2006, vol. 23(1):13-27.