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, represents a thing but said thing, is not present but refers to that 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 needs to 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
- The cross for Christians
- The swastika for Buddhists
- A brand logo (for example, the Nike pipe)
- Traffic signs
- The infinity symbol ∞
- The apple of the Apple company
- Sign language
- The Braille system
- The Facebook icon
- The symbol of yin and yang
- The Star of David for the Jewish religion
- The eye of providence found on dollar bills
- The eye of Horus for the Egyptians
- The symbol that indicates the place reserved for people with physical disabilities
- The “M” in McDonald’s
- The symbol of justice represented by a balance
- The four interlocking circles of the olympic games
- The three lines of Adidas
- The star and the crescent as a symbol of Islam
- The symbol of the fish for Christians as a symbol of persecution
- Amulets and talismans as symbols of good fortune
- The signs of the zodiac
- All alphabets
- Flags as a representation of certain countries
- The solar seals of the Mayas
- The name of the colors
- The designation of different things with a given name in a given language
- The cabal
- The Chinese horoscope
- The book of the I Ching
- The dove as a symbol of freedom
- The heart as an expression of a feeling of love
- The electric light bulb as a symbol of an idea
- A skull with two bones in the shape of a cross as a symbol of death
- A smiling emoticon