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[xmca] Body expression as sign.
Let us remember that spoken-word language is composed of sounds made
by the body, sounds that issue forth as expressions of emotions and
that cause hearers bodies to assume patterns of motion analogous to
those in the generators of the sounds. Thereby motion and emotion are
transferred from originators to receivers. It is that sense of
emotion, that we experience by our spoken words, that provides us
with a sense of meaning. Our own emotion is the bottom line of our
sense of meaning. Things have meaning only in as much, and in how,
they affect us. And our emotions are the way we experience effects.
Our words deal in the currency of meaning - our emotions - , and they
refer to things. Because of this dual nature, words - the very things
that identify things - inform us of the meaning of our world simply
by affecting our emotions with their sounds. Since we are normally
preoccupied with the referential aspect of words, it is
subconsciously that we experience their emotional effects.
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