Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 12:55:59 -0500 From: "Salikoko S. Mufwene" Subject: Re: non-linguistic thinking Didn't Jerry Katz publish a book titled LANGUAGE OF THOUGHT in the mid-1970s? I think the point was that the language of thought need not be like the surface form of any verbal language. Nor would I expect it to be (all) verbal in the first place. We may also want to remember that verbal language is an articulate system and not all thought is articulate either. Here is another fact we should bear in mind: I do not know to what extent we may expect infants to have verbal language (though they come equipped with Universal Grammar, or a Bioprogram, whatever suits you) but they THINK and solve problems in responding to various challenges! Those of you who think in English or Chinese or whatever verbal language only, beware of disadvantages you would have. For one think you would be too slow for many things, even if you could use shortcuts/"routines". Sali. ****************************************************************************** Salikoko S. Mufwene s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] University of Chicago 312-702-8531; FAX 312-702-9861 Department of Linguistics 1010 East 59th Street Chicago, IL 60637 **************************************************************************** **