Date: Mon, 11 Dec 1995 10:57:37 MST From: Tom Uharriet Subject: Re: thinking in language > I'm not sure what you mean by "I do not believe there is anyone who > has acquired a language without thinking in one." Do you mean that > the person always thinks in a language, sometimes thinks in a language, > or has cliches (like "Help!" or "I love you") as part of their > thinking? > > Vicki Rosenzweig As I said in the post you extracted above, these people who have aquired a language may also think outside of language. But once a person aquires a language, s/he also thinks in language. Sure, these thoughts include cliches, but certainly not exclusively. Every word in our shared language has meaning. Furthermore, other conventions of our language dictate meaning. To the extent that these meanings are internalized ("aquired"), they facilitate thought and reason. I do not say that they alone can do that. Saying that the sense of smell works on our logic does not negate the fact that language does. Our mental constructs are built on things we have attached meaning to (e.g. words, relationships). Nothing terribly earth-shattering in this observation. Have these words triggered thinking? They wouldn't have (at least not in the same way) if you have not aquired a significant amount of the same language that I have aquired. Thanks for adding to the discussion, Tom Uharriet utom[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]