We Dissect Nature Along Lines Laid Down By Our Native Language.
We dissect nature along lines laid down by our native language. Language is
not simply a reporting device for experience but a defining framework for it.
-- Benjamin Whorf
We cut nature up, organize it into concepts, and ascribe significances as we do
largely because we are parties to an agreement to organize it in this way - an agreement that holds through our speech community and is codified in the patterns of our language....
Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about. -- Benjamin Whorf
Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about. -- B. L. Whorf
Language: A system of organizing and defining syntax errors.
0140 Ever write comments in a non-native language? -- from THE HACKER TEST
The following appeared in the editorial section of a student newspaper.
"In a recent survey, most students who were studying beginning Russian gave higher course-evaluation ratings to classes taught by non-native Russian speakers than to classes taught by native Russian speakers....
NATIVE AMAZONIANS do it with poison tips down along narrow tubes.
We are tied down to a language which makes up in obscurity what it lacks in style.
Where the world ceases to be the stage for personal hopes and desires, where we, as free beings, behold it in wonder, to question and to contemplate, there we enter the realm of Art and of Science.
If we trace out what we behold and experience through the language of logic, we are doing science....