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All of the Other Ways of Knowing Are Controlled by Language

  • Date Submitted: 03/01/2011 04:49 AM
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I believe that the statement "All of the other Ways of Knowing are controlled by language" is only valid to some extent. First, we must examine the word "control" itself. The definition of "control" is to exercise restraint or direction over; dominate; command. This definition suggests one of two things. Firstly, it suggests that language has a dominating role in its relationship with the other Ways of Knowing: Reason, Emotion, and Perception and is in command of them.   However, I believe that this is an extreme perspective that does not always show to be true. On the other hand, if a person sees the definition of "control" as impacting and determining one of the Ways of Knowing's outcome, I believe that there is in fact some validity in this statement and that perhaps "influences" would be a good replacement for "controls" in the original statement. For example, doesn't a baby crying indicate that an infant is in fact capable of emotion despite not knowing language? However, this very same infant may not be able to feel a complex emotion such as optimism or submission. It is for this reason that I feel that language does hinder one's perception, ability to reason and ability to feel complex emotions but does not prevent these Ways of Knowing. If one believed that language had complete control over these things, that would ultimately mean that humans would not be able to advance because, without reason, perception and emotion, we would not be able to acquire language in the first place. Therefore, I feel that language does not influence rudimentary reasoning, perception, and emotion but does impact complex reasoning, perception and emotion.
There have been many studies which indicate that language does not control reason, but may have an impact on its development. Chomsky's language acquisition theory suggests that all humans are born with a "Universal Grammar" which gives us an innate ability to acquire language. As stated earlier, if one needed language in...


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