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Re: [xmca] Language, meaning and culture.
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Joseph, welcome to xmca.
I am no linguist Joseph, but I gathered from reading
Saussure that linguists in his day (100 years ago) did "look
for relationships between sounds and things" because he
argued against that idea. But surely, no linguist has looked
at it that way in recent times. Who do you have in mind? And
surely the idea of sounds relating to emotive states is more
relevant to the animal kingdom than culture. Or am I
Joseph Gilbert wrote:
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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Andy Blunden (Erythrós Press and Media)
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