Exactly what kind of a noun is "language" in this metaphorical sentence?

Music is beautiful language.

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    My gut expects "a beautiful language"...
    – Stephie
    Jul 13, 2015 at 8:56
  • Mine too, but either way works. Different connotation though. Either Music IS literally a language (which it arguably is, with both written and audio forms, a syntax, and punctuation); or instances of music are just metaphorically "language", because they "speak to us" somehow. Jul 13, 2015 at 9:15
  • Language is beautiful music. What type of noun is music? @Stephie, do you expect "a beautiful music" there?
    – TimR
    Jul 13, 2015 at 10:35
  • @TRomano But we say Water is a substance not Water is substance. And (A) substance is (a) water doesn't really work, IMHO. Jul 13, 2015 at 11:16
  • @Damkerng T. Are you suggesting that substance, art, music, and language are all the same kind of noun?
    – TimR
    Jul 13, 2015 at 11:43

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"Language" is a common abstract noun. An abstract noun is, to put it simply, a thing which cannot be touched; a noun which expresses an idea, quality or state rather than a physical object. (Paraphrased from Google)

The other type of common noun is the concrete noun. This is the noun which is most common; for example, "dog", "computer", "table". Common nouns do not require a capital letter except in obvious circumstances such as the beginning of a sentence.

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