Monday, May 15, 2006

A little about language

Yesterday I was thinking about human beings. We are distinguished, in the most secular sense, from other animals because we use tools and we use language. We also use recipes! What other animal do you know that cooks its food and follows a recipe, or combines food . . . okay. But the language is the key thing. When we see a beautiful sunset (cliche? hardly anything cliche about a beautiful sunset or enjoy it, either), if we say or think anything, it will be verbal (meaning a written or oral expression using words). Who do you know starts speaking equations or numbers to deal with the world around them spontaneously?

So we are language users, we humans. And we can do remarkable things with the words we use. And this is where literature begins . . .


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