Examples of symbolic language (in math and social studies)

The symbolic language is a kind of language that is based on the interpretation of symbols in order to understand a message after its interpretation.

For symbolic language to be carried out, it is necessary that, in the first instance, the knowing subject (that is, the one who tries to understand or know something) has a knowledge of what the symbols represent.

Every human being uses, as a formal symbolic language, the interpretation of the symbols that correspond to a particular alphabet.

So, a symbolic language requires the understanding of these by a subject who, previously, knows what a certain symbol means. For example: in order to understand the word house (composed of the phonemes c – a – s – a) it is necessary for the person to know how each letter or phoneme sounds and how each letter is pronounced in association with the other letters that make up this word . Finally it is necessary that the subject who knows has a knowledge of the concept or meaning of the word “house”.

In short, every human being must communicate through different symbolic languages : written, graphic, gestural (ritual), etc.

Finally, we can add that all symbolic language refers to a thing, it represents a thing but said thing is not present but refers to it in order to indicate something. For example: at the entrance of the public baths a sign is signaled indicating which one should be used by men and which one by women. In other words, the images on the posters comprise a symbolic , abstract language since it is only understood by human beings.

Difference between colloquial language and symbolic language in mathematics

There is one caveat that must be mentioned; it is about the concept of symbolic language in mathematics. All mathematical equations include symbolic language, while the explanation of these in written form (with letters) indicates colloquial language.

Examples of colloquial language and symbolic language in mathematics

Symbolic language : 4 + 4 = 8

Colloquial language : four plus four equals eight

Symbolic language : 17 x 15 = 255

Colloquial language : seventeen times fifteen equals two hundred and fifty-five.

Symbolic language : 35 – 12 = 13

Colloquial language : thirty-five minus twelve equals thirteen.

35 Examples of symbolic languages

  1. The cross for Christians
  2. The swastika for Buddhists
  3. A brand logo (for example, the Nike pipe)
  4. Traffic signs
  5. The infinity symbol ∞
  6. The apple of the Apple company
  7. Sign language
  8. The Braille system
  9. The Facebook icon
  10. The symbol of yin and yang
  11. The Star of David for the Jewish religion
  12. The eye of providence found on dollar bills
  13. The eye of Horus for the Egyptians
  14. The symbol that indicates the place reserved for people with physical disabilities
  15. The “M” in McDonald’s
  16. The symbol of justice represented by a balance
  17. The four interlocking circles of the olympic games
  18. The three lines of Adidas
  19. The star and the crescent as a symbol of Islam
  20. The symbol of the fish for Christians as a symbol of persecution
  21. Amulets and talismans as symbols of good fortune
  22. The signs of the zodiac
  23. All alphabets
  24. Flags as a representation of certain countries
  25. The solar seals of the Mayas
  26. The name of the colors
  27. The designation of different things with a given name in a given language
  28. The cabal
  29. The Chinese horoscope
  30. The book of the I Ching
  31. The dove as a symbol of freedom
  32. The heart as an expression of a feeling of love
  33. The electric light bulb as a symbol of an idea
  34. A skull with two bones in the shape of a cross as a symbol of death
  35. A smiling emoticon

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