Language as a Way of Knowing. Thoughts on Language …. Our language is the reflection of ourselves. A language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers. Cesar Chavez The limits of my language means the limits of my world. Ludwig Wittgenstein
This maybetrue, because…
There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know.
“When a language dies, a way of understanding the world dies with it, a way of looking at the world. ” ― George Steiner
“Psycholinguists argue about whether language reflects our perception of reality or helps create them. I am in the latter camp. Take the names we give the animals we eat. The Patagonian toothfish is a prehistoric-looking creature with teeth like needles and bulging yellowish eyes that lives in deep waters off the coast of South America. It did not catch on with sophisticated foodies until an enterprising Los Angeles importer renamed it the considerably more palatable "Chilean sea bass.” ― Hal Herzog
Later Years – better understanding of whole mess
-Why do those birds swoop and squawk?
-Because they are starlings and that is what starlings do.