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Steven Pinker on Language & Thought
I've just found the following video in which Steven Pinker looks at language, and the way it expresses the workings of our minds. By analysing common sentences and words, he shows us how, in what we say and how we say it, we're communicating much more than we realise.
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Last edited by Red5; 15-Oct-2007 at 20:27.
Thanks Tdol for this video
Here are some examples he gave and people laughed at but I couldn't understand why did they laugh
Steven says that there is another intention or meaning in these sentences.
Well, I didn't get the point,Tdol
1- I was just thinking that may be we could take care of it here in Fargo.
2- If you could pass the guacamole,that would be owesome.
3- Would you like to come up and see my etchings
Please Tdol explain me what is the very meaning which makes the audience laugh
Thanks in advance
1 Far too much hedging and hesitation- was just + maybe + could- three tentative expressions.
2 Awesome- over the top, exaggerated expression for such a small favour
3 This sentence has a sexual undertone- it implies that person is inviting the other into their house to do one thing, while they are planning a seduction.
Thank you Tdol
Note: not being a Trekkie (= fan of Star Trek) I've probably left several nits to pick (like 'The words were never said - like "Play it again, Sam" and "Elementary, my dear Watson"', 'Scotty wasn't just engineer he was Chief Engineer' ... that sort of thing. But the gist is right.