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Do language and thought occur simultaneously?
And do the scientists of the period think so?
'Language is the dress of thought.' Samuel Johnson (Not sure that I agree with him, though.)
What about animal thought, e.g. the thought of a dog?
Hi Trance Freak. Good to see you again.
You DO know what I mean, don't you? That a dog can clearly think, and yet does not have a language like ours. I wonder if a dog can think of "until". I am pretty sure a dog can think "if", as in "If he is eating some steak, he might give me some."
With that in mind, I will apply my analysis of your question to speaking. I do not believe that speaking/thinking occurrences are simultaneous, why at least not initially. I believe that in order to form language one needs a stimulus - thought. With thought's stimulation - he will start collecting from his memory vault things that help create a thought process that will make him believe that all that he is saying means sense. Once he gets a thought that passes muster - he calls on his friend Speaks to help him spread the news.