Thinking without language?

Peter T. Daniels grammatim at worldnet.att.net
Tue Nov 23 10:47:58 EST 1999


Sergio Navega wrote:

> George Miller's "rule-of-thumb" says that one is able to
> store 7 plus/minus 2 digits of information at once. Although
> this rule has been devised in 1956, it is pretty applicable
> today. However, what Miller was referring to is the short-term
> memory, the one that we use, for instance, to store a temporary
> telephone number. Long-term memory does not suffer from this
> limitation and an american opera singer is able to "store"
> the whole text of an italian opera without having much semantic
> content to help. Obviously, he/she will have to invest more
> energy than an italian (and will certainly suffer with the
> accent).

Any opera singer who doesn't know exactly what s/he is singing at every
moment they are on the stage will never become a professional opera
singer.
-- 
Peter T. Daniels     grammatim at worldnet.att.net




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