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The following was posted by Dan Parker:


Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2000
Name: Dan Parker
Subject: Language

"Togetherness is the true principle of reason and language, but means of which are sensations and representations are modified" - Johann Hamann

It's well known that word choice can affect perception with freedom fighters becoming terrorists and vice versa depending on who is doing the reporting. Less obvious is that the structure of language can also cause misleading perceptions. 'Joe sees the dog' is an example of the linear format of English. Other languages would structure this as 'Joe and dog seeing', which creates the perception of a circle of causality. In this simple case, Joe will know from experience that the environment can bite back but in more complex situations, linear language will reinforce a false impression of his relationship to the environment.

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