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September 21, 2011

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I love that you raise the question of "poetry-thinking", Damon. I know when I write in iambic pentameter, I get into an iambic groove in my own speech and thinking. It drives me a little crazy.

Boroditzky's theses are quite interesting and they seem to fit what I know (which is very little) about Wittgenstein's dictum, "The limits of my language are the limits of my world."

Thank you for this great post.

Interesting you bring up Wittgenstein -- I'm pretty sure Boroditzky mentions that exact statement in her lecture.

And thanks for the comment, Leslie.

Sometimes I give my students an assignment to write a paragraph describing an important event in their lives. Then I tell them they can only use a vocabulary of 10 different words. Drives them crazy.

In conjunction of this, we talk about Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, in particular Keller's description of what it was like to exist without language, then suddenly understand the concept of words. Powerful stuff.

"In conjunction with." I haven't had enough coffee yet this morning.

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