Wednesday, May 6, 2009


“One would want to admit rather that every linguistic experience of the world is experience of the world, not experience of language.”(495)Language is the means to how we understand the world – understand others – understand ourselves; it is not experience of the words but rather experience of the what the words hold or imply implicitly within. Through experience, we come to ask questions. Questions are implicit in experience. And to the extent that language preforms thought, the same language that one asks questions in, then ones way to form a thought of a question by means of language is preformed by the end result it wants to accomplish. When we undergo an experience with language, we do not undergo an experience with the conventions of the language, but rather what the word could open up in terms of possibilities in the world. Language influences our thoughts, but take away the world and language is nothing more than empty utterances.

We think in terms of language, without language we would have no way to communicate our thoughts to others, and maybe even our thoughts to ourselves. We are able to experience this infinite dialogue within ourselves, because of the possibilities of what language and the words hold implicitly within, that of questions and we experience the world but without language we would be nothing more than animals. Language allows us to form thoughts, indefinite as they are lead one on an experience into the unknown. Why? Because the word holds more than just the letters one uses to spell or pronounce it with, the word holds what ones thoughts are and what one’s way of experiencing the world are like. We experience the world, by doing this we ask questions because we can think and language allows us to speak to one another but means of more than just conventions.

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