Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 10:59:23 MST From: Tom Uharriet Subject: Re: non-linguistic thinking Thanks Vicki, C, Basic, Paschal (sp?), etc. are all computer languages. Does he think in them or are they also stricly translations of something else? Tom > He reasons quite well with abstractions (and is a computer programmer > by profession). As for "how," I'm really not sure--since he's not > thinking in English and I am, it's hard for him to explain this to me. > The most noticeable sign of how he's thinking is that if he says > something odd, and I ask him to repeat it, he will repeat it word for > word, because he's already done the translating. For example, he once > said he wanted a ham sandwich on roast beef (meaning he wanted a ham > on rye), and when I said something like "run that by again" he > cheerfully did so. The tricky thing for a lot of us, and maybe particularly > linguists, to remember is that English is a system of abstract reasoning, > Chinese is another, and so on--but that not all systems of abstract > reasoning are languages. (It's possible that someone could construct > a grammar of what my friend is using--but I don't think anyone yet has.) > > Vicki Rosenzweig Tom Uharriet utom[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]