• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

All of the ways of knowing are controlled by language." What does this statement mean and do you think it is a fair representation of the relationship between perception, emotion, reason and language?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

"All of the ways of knowing are controlled by language." What does this statement mean and do you think it is a fair representation of the relationship between perception, emotion, reason and language? Knowledge by itself involves the use of language, but also a variety of several other issues such as perception, emotion and reason. Due to this reason, it is not fair to state that all the ways of knowing is controlled solely by language. Language, emotion, reason and perception are all dependant on one another so we cannot say that language controls it all. All of the ways of knowing means how we have attained the knowledge we have now. Knowledge can be distinguished into two types; knowledge of things and the knowledge of truth. However, did one attain all their knowledge simply with the use of language? This seems highly impossible as perception, emotion, reason and language are all vital aspects of the knowledge we have today. What about Saphir- Whorf's theory? His hypothesis concludes that our thoughts are controlled by language. ...read more.

Middle

This is where perception also comes into use. By perceiving the statement when said and analyzing the language used, we can state the true meaning of what is said. Finally, perception is known to be the foundation of our language system, as most of our knowledge is attained from what we perceive around us. We then take this information and process it to in a way, which we can use to describe it. However, is the language we use, actually in the same format in which we perceive the world? Also, does the way in which we perceive the world effect on the language we use? Therefore, does this go on and affect our knowledge? In some languages, certain words have a variety of different meanings. For example, Eskimos use a large number of words to describe snow. This shows that, to Eskimo's, the different number of words for snow will still have the same basic concept. However, by analyzing Whorf's hypothesis further, it can be concluded that, "Even though language does not determine how we think. ...read more.

Conclusion

Even though the use of language is important in the way we perceive things, the level of the language used does not always provide us with the adequate description. Along the same lines, one language differs from another, and cannot be directly translated into a next language. For example, a word in Tamil usually ends up being a phrase or a sentence, when translated into English. When doing this, the basic concept also differs which shows that the exact description or concept is not carried through. This is then related to language determination. According to Whorf, native speakers of different languages see the world in a completely different way to each other. This is however contradicted with my examples above about translation. If language controlled all the ways of knowing, how does a child contain knowledge even without being able to communicate with language? Very young children are able to grasp new concepts of the world around them, purely by observation and perception. In conclusion, we can say that language have some bearing on the way we perceive things, on our emotions and also our reasons. However, regarding the examples and descriptions above, it is proved that we language controls all the ways of knowing. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Language: Context, Genre & Frameworks section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Language: Context, Genre & Frameworks essays

  1. Investigation into Gender Differences in the Language of Personal Profiles on Dating Websites

    Would you like some? Read, follow and use the clues re contact/mail address in my 'job section' below: if you are clever and interested you'll work it out and find me... I am extremely fit and am told I look very young for my years (I do NOT dye my hair!).

  2. In what ways might language be used as an instrument of oppression?

    In their chapter on sexual difference, Bennett and Royle assert that, "all literary texts can be thought about in terms of how they represent gender difference and how far they may be said to reinforce or question gender-role stereotypes." (142)

  1. " All other ways of knowing are controlled by language." What does this statement ...

    We actually use the language to label and express our thought. In a way language aids us to see and describe things. As a language has labels, it aids us to differentiate and perceive between objects. This was a theory forwarded by Peter Herriot who stated in the Notion of

  2. forgotton fair

    Then it went back to silence and rustling or the leaves. I walked on to the ride having to clamber over the electrical sign of 'the rollercoaster' which now had no power flowing through it, leaving it lifeless and dull.

  1. Knowledge that is difficult to describe in words. Does this mean that other Ways ...

    My friend Marii acquires writers' experiences easier than I do because she is better at relating to other people, for example. Furthermore, the ambiguity of language leads to different interpretations. As an example, in school the teachers mark our essays.

  2. Compare and contrast knowing a friend to knowing how to swim, knowing a scientific ...

    Historical knowledge states something past, and involves nothing that predicts. If history says that the U.S. lost the Vietnam War, any more evidence recovered during that time frame will remain consistent with that fact. A scientific theory, on the other hand, predicts that something will fall into accordance with that theory.

  1. " All of the other ways of knowing are controlled by language." What does ...

    An inference can therefore be drawn that there would be no loss in the fidelity of information as it gets transmitted from one human to another. To understand better let me take an example of the data formats in computers.

  2. "All of the other Ways of Knowing are controlled by language." What does this ...

    These memories, however, had no proof without a written account in history and even by thinking about them he would risk imprisonment. The only way to receive information then is from mass media, which was controlled by the government. This example proves how language can control our thoughts and in effect also control our ways of knowing.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work