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Thinking without language?

Paul Sampson paul.sampson at zztradezone.co.uk
Mon Jan 17 11:45:05 EST 2000

Adrian Ian Skilling wrote in message <85v35b$5nn$1 at trog.dera.gov.uk>...

>> 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.

> Sorry. I don't mean to be offensive. But surely its obvious that it is
> hard to express a concept or emotion that we don't have a word for. How
> could it be any other way !!

That's odd. I don't have a word for - and afaik *english* doesn't have a
word for - the left testicle of an orang-utan born on any sunday in an
odd numbered year of the fifteenth century BCE. So I suppose I'm unable
to express such a concept. Oh dear. That's that then. Rats.

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