Thinking without language?

Peter T. Daniels grammatim at worldnet.att.net
Mon Jan 17 07:42:47 EST 2000


Ryan Jonathon Weber wrote:
> 
> Rick Wojcik wrote:
> 
> > rachel cohen wrote in message <386bd4de.27362639 at news.zahav.net.il>...
> > >On 25 Dec 1999 17:11:26 EST, "mb"
> > ><mmbDELETEeer at concenDELETEtric.net> wrote:
> > >
> > >>.... that
> > >>some people do think in words only, while others don't.
> > >
> > > How do deaf people think ? Those who learn sign language, those
> > >who learn lip reading, those whom nobody teaches ? Can they
> > >invent metods for thinking, and explain them? After all, children
> > >think much before they learn to read.
> >
> > Indeed, it is clear that animals think and reason, too.  So why do people
> > think that they need words to think?
> 
> but i think it is worth mentioning that we are constricted by the language
> we choose to express ourselves. This has a great effect on our entire mental
> development. It is harder to quantify feelings or ideas which no word exists
> for, or adequately describe all types of love with the word. This applies to
> animals too, except their language communication is not an oral language.

You should think twice before posting nonsense like this to sci.lang.
You think linguists haven't dealt with this question over the past
century?
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Peter T. Daniels     grammatim at worldnet.att.net




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