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    Question Language and Thought

    Hi, everyone
    Do language and thought occur simultaneously?

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    Quote Originally Posted by taghavi View Post
    Hi, everyone
    Do language and thought occur simultaneously?
    They do if you believe in the Whorfian hypothesis.

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    Default Re: Language and Thought

    Thanks,
    And do the scientists of the period think so?

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    Quote Originally Posted by taghavi View Post
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    And do the scientists of the period think so?
    They're working on it.

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    Default Re: Language and Thought

    'Language is the dress of thought.' Samuel Johnson (Not sure that I agree with him, though.)

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    Default Re: Language and Thought

    What about animal thought, e.g. the thought of a dog?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    What about animal thought, e.g. the thought of a dog?
    True true!!
    When I say "dog", I simultaneously think of a dog.
    (Picture of a dog : Conception into perception.)
    But, when I say "untill", I can't think of anything. Nothing occurs to my mind.

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    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."

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    Quote Originally Posted by taghavi View Post
    Hi, everyone
    Do language and thought occur simultaneously?
    I'm not schooled in the area of linguistics, but find the subject extremely fascinating. I'm not trained in this area but am very excited to learn more. Language and thought: Do they occur simultaneously? an easy answer to the question would be yes, language and thought seem to be simultaneous. However, language and thought formations are not that easily explained. Language is a very board word - are you referring to speaking? writing? depending on which you select the answer may be different.

    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.

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