Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 11:39:11 -0500

From: Ronald Butters amspeech[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ACPUB.DUKE.EDU

Subject: Re: Language and Intelligence

On Wed, 6 Dec 1995, Tom Uharriet wrote:

Music strikes me as thought--but not language. If you can whistle a tune

you can think without language. Just pucker up your lips and blow.

Outside of language, how would you measure one's ability to

conceptualize abstrats? I am not saying that we ONLY think through

language. I am saying we all think in language.


Tom Uharriet said:

"But the fact that we all think in language suggests some correlation

between our language and our intelligence."

Why would you presume that "we all think in language?" Except for those

conscious internal monologues/self-dialogues, how would we know? That

there may be cultural constructs common to thought and language both does

not require that thought be in language and so bear the form and

restrictions of language.

Ron Rabin

Tom Uharriet