"It is only because the word is mobile, because it
flies from one thing to another, that the
sure to take it, sooner or later, on the wing, while it was not settled on
anything, and apply it to an object which is not a thing and which, concealed
till then, awaited the coming of the word to pass from darkness to light." -
Henri Bergson"The nature of oratory is such that there
has always been a tendency among politicians and clergymen to over-simplify
complex issues. From a pulpit or a platform even the most conscientious of
speakers finds it very difficult to tell the whole truth." -
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
weak linguistic relativity hypothesisThe weak linguistic relativity hypothesis claims that a social
culture's language has a significant impact on how the members of the social
culture perceive reality.
For example, concepts or ideas that are
prevalent in the social culture may be stated in concise ways (using one or a
few words), whereas concepts or ideas that are
foreign to the social culture are more difficult to express (requiring many
Similarly, separate words may exist to
express distinctions considered
important in that social culture, or distinctions concerning matters the social
culture considers important, whereas the same word may serve to refer to what
is in a different social culture considered a different concept.
Boas, who lived among Baffin islanders and learned their language, did in fact
take account of the polysynthetic nature of Inuit language and included "only
words representing meaningful distinctions"
in his account.
Three distinct word roots with the meaning "snow" are
reconstructed for the Proto-Eskimo language *qaniɣ 'falling snow',
*aniɣu 'fallen snow', and *apun 'snow on the ground'. These three stems
are found in all Inuit languages and dialects-except for West Greenlandic,
which lacks *aniɣu.
Studies of the Sami languages of Norway, Sweden
and Finland, conclude that the languages have anywhere from 180 snow- and
ice-related words and as many as 300 different words for types of snow, tracks
in snow, and conditions of the use of snow.
strong linguistic relativity hypothesis
The strong linguistic relativity hypothesis claims that a
social culture's language can
unique to that social culture that are
impossible to express in
the language of another
has few adherents.
It is generally argued that while some concepts may
be easier to express in some languages than others, any concept can be
expressed in any language with a sufficiently large vocabulary (i.e. any
language used as a first language by human beings, as opposed to e.g. trade
jargons containing a very limited vocabulary), possibly in conjunction with
suitable extralinguistic information.
For example, the language of a
social culture that does not know of snow may not have a word for snow, but one
could still say in it something like "cold ash that descends from the sky and
blankets the Earth turning water to stone."
Indeed, when any social
culture comes into significant contact with a different social culture, it
invariably borrows words from that social culture's language to express
concepts alien to it, or creates new words with native origins to refer to the
fear are just sounds that
people who never sinned nor loved nor feared have for what they never had and
cannot have until they forget the words."-
William FaulknerPsycholinguistics or psychology of language is the study of the
psychological and neurobiological factors that enable humans to acquire, use,
comprehend and produce language.
Intuitively identified philosophically
as an essential underlying element psycholinguistics now makes use of biology,
neuroscience, cognitive science, linguistics, and information theory to study
how the brain processes language.
Psycholinguistics covers the
cognitive processes that make it possible to generate an understandable message
out of vocabulary and grammatical structures, as well as the
processes that make it
possible to understand utterances, words, text, etc.
psycholinguistics studies children's ability to learn language.
Psycholinguistics, an interdisciplinary field, is studied by
researchers from a variety of different backgrounds, such as psychology,
cognitive science, linguistics, and speech and language pathology.
Psycholinguistics study many different topics, but these topics can
generally be divided into answering the following questions:
how do children acquire language
(2) how do people process and comprehend
(3) how do
people produce language (language production)?
(4) how do adults acquire
a new language (second language acquisition)?
on how the brain processes speech
sounds and language patterns.
"The only thing you need to do to break a negative hypnotic spell
that has been cast on you is begin to think rationally, to begin to
you decide that you choose this message as one that's good for you, by all
means sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
If you decide that this is
not something you want to have in your life, just simply analyze it,
criticise it, ridicule it, and say "Hey,
that's not how the world works."
You'll have protected your mind from
taking on board something which you really don't need." - Power of
Conversational Hypnosis, Clifford Mee and Igor Ledochowski
1. to hypnotize.
2. to spellbind; fascinate.
3. to compel by fascination.
Most people are
fall into a hypnotic
trance every day of their lives in a common, every day occurrence.
This has commonly been termed 'daydreaming'.
A very basic
example is when you are driving a car while in deep thought, and you suddenly
realize you are much further down the road than you thought with no memory of
driving the distance.
Another example, is when you are on an elevator
watching the numbers change and
go into a hypnotic trance, and when everyone else gets off, you take that as a
nonverbal suggestion to get off, before you "wake up" and realize it is not
This elevator example is an example of mass hypnosis, where
the close rapport with the hypnotist is not necessary, because many people are
both hypnotized partly by whatever is
causing the hypnotic trance, and partly by the fact that you are being "paced"
or also hypnotized by everyone else in
the elevator doing the exact same thing as you.
The reason you cry from reading a sad book or laugh at a
clever allegory simply by reading ink on paper is because of the mind's
interaction with that information, which is also a hypnotic process.
Hypnosis is "an altered state
of hyper-suggestibility brought about in an individual by a combination of
relaxation, fixation of attention, and suggestion."
Hypnosis "bypasses critical thinking and sets up acceptable
Critical thinking acts as a filter, allowing
rational logical judgements to determine the truthfulness of the thoughts
allowed to pass into the subconscious mind - a
non-rational computer-like system which accepts everything as absolute
When waiting for buses and trains,
reading a book or
listening to music, or even being involved
in strenuous physical exercise, it's quite normal to go into
a dissociate trance
state, removed from irrelevant stimuli.
These dissociate states are so
common and familiar that most people do not consciously recognize dissociate
states as hypnotic phenomena.
mind, occuring below the level of conscious awareness, includes the
functioning of the dominant hemisphere of the brain as well as the functioning
of the non-dominant hemisphere.
Trance induction has
three dimensions to compare with language patterns.
Pacing and distraction of the dominant (language) hemisphere;
Utilization of the dominant hemisphere language processing which occurs below
the level of awareness;
3. Accessing of the non-dominant hemisphere;
This three part process is extremely important.
involves an altered state of
consciousness which engages intense focus resulting in
an extreme state
of rational dissociation.
Abstract critical thinking
loops attempt to capture a
phantom the mind is unable to grasp through concentration.
become pretty clear in the last 20 years that
our judgements and ability
to judge neutral information is contaminated - affected - by
emotional values, by
affective influences." - Moshe
While the calculating
mind is distracted a state of
hyper suggestibility engages
mind while it stands as the dominant player.
It happens while
reading, listening to music, and when
listening to a
We are talking about "transformational linguistics" -
language that literally changes who you are at your deepest levels, your
deepest passions, drives, and emotions while you are completely
"The mouth of the wicked overflows with evil
words." - Proverbs 15:28
Neurolinguistics is closely related to the field of
psycholinguistics, which seeks to elucidate the cognitive mechanisms of
language by employing the traditional
today, psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic theories often inform one another,
and there is much collaboration between the two fields.
Theoretical linguistics is the branch of linguistics that is most
concerned with developing models of linguistic knowledge.
that are generally considered the core of theoretical linguistics are
syntax, phonology, morphology, and
Although phonetics often informs phonology, it is often excluded from
the purview of theoretical linguistics, along with psycholinguistics and
Theoretical linguistics also involves the search for
an explanation of linguistic universals, that is, properties all languages have
In general, theoretical linguists propose models to explain
the structure of language and how language information is organized,
psycholinguists propose models and algorithms to explain how language
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