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[xmca] Language, meaning and culture.
Is our intellectual activity driven by a quest for answers to
specific questions, or is it more like a game or sport we engage in
for the sake of participating in society? What questions do we
ask? I wanted to know why people behave destructively, as they do.
I allowed that question to exist for many years until the answer
became clear. It related to culture.
When we use words, we are making a statement about whatever things
we name. By referring to things vocally, we are, virtually, informing
ourselves of the affect/meaning of those things. The sounds we utter
correlate to emotive states, which we experience subliminally.
Consequently, we associate those emotive-feeling states with the
things to which the sounds refer.
Linguists have been looking for relationships between the sounds of
words and the things to which they refer, and have been, for the most
part, frustrated by that search. Vocal sounds relate primarily to
emotive-feeling states, and only secondarily to the things to which
our words refer. Are we able to discover to what emotive states each
of our vocal sounds refer?
If we would change our human behavior, which is often misidentified
as "human nature", we must address the cultural values, the
unquestioned givens by which we perceive our world. These givens,
these values, our culture, is a result of our language.
I would like to share more of this with youall if you want to know
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