Benjamin Whorf once stated "Language is not merely a reproducing instrument for voicing ideas but rather is the shaper ideas [...] We dissect nature along lines laid down by our native languages". This quote is trying to say that language is not just a tool which we use to communicate with one another, but is also used to understand the world around us and how it works. Our ability to communicate with one another provides us with an understanding about the world around us and gives us the ability to understand the ideas and opinions that other people have.
My Trip to Marist College (Just a Few Details)
- The trip was exhausting
- The college was rather small scaled
- The tour was informational, but tiring
- The bus ride home was nap time for EVERYONE
- Waking up at 5:300 am to go to school and get on the bus was really HARD TO DO
- The bus ride to Marist was very exciting
- The weather was rather crappy
- Marist College served great food
- Everyone left with full bellies
- Everyone enjoyed a day away from school
Language can be very tricky at times; some things can have more than one meaning. Everyone can interpret a quote or a saying in many ways; it can mean many different things to different people. I have chosen a quote that can relate “Word is half his who speaks it, and half his who hears it” by Michel Montaigne. The quote means that what someone says can mean one thing to them but to a person who’s listening it can be understood as something else. The quote also means that everything can have more than one connotation.
“If your language is confused, your intellect, if not your whole character will almost certainly correspond,” was once said by Sir Arthur Quill-Couch. This quote means that when a person says something that does not make very much sense, chances are that their thoughts were too. If a person cannot think straight, then they won’t be able to express themselves clearly as well.
Did you ever hear someone tell you "You know what I mean?" but you really didn't understand what they were saying. You say you did understand to shut them up. Or stuck in a situation, where you try explain something to somebody and they didn't get what you were saying. However, us as humans communication is misinterpreted or misunderstood all the time. There was this guy named, George Elliot who said something that can help us relate to each other in a situation like this. Elliot once said, "Speech is but a broken light upon the depth of the unspoken".
There is a quote by L. Vygotsky that claims that “Thought is not merely expressed in words; it comes into existence through them.” I love this quote because I completely agree with it, without words or language thoughts cannot be brought to life. When you think about a novel where the author has you turning pages anticipating on what is going to happen next in your mind and has you inferencing on the events that come into play next. That my friend is a perfect example on what Vygotsky claims.
There are many quotes that are said by many different people each quote has its own specific meaning behind it. I decided to choose this quote by Clifford Geertz: “Man is an animal suspended in webs of significance that he himself has spun.” This quote has a very deep meaning to it and it stands out compared to many other quotes. I also agree with Mr. Geertz.
Thomas Szasz once said, “Man is the animal that speaks. Understanding language is thus the key to understanding man.“ This quote appeals to me because I think language is amazing just because it is so complex yet simple at the same time. There are countless numbers of languages, and each one is like a pathway. They all lead to one destination, which is communicating what a person feels on the inside.