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

" All other 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

TOK ESSAY. NAME: KEVINA PURMANUND. CANDIDATE CODE: DBZV 212. SESSION: NOVEMBER 2004 TITLE: " All other 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? WORD COUNT: " All other 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? In this statement it asserts that language controls the acquisition of knowledge. There are four ways of knowing through which a knower usually acquire knowledge namely perception, emotion, reason and language. Language is a medium of expression, which plays a central role for the evolution of humanity as a whole as it " has been the foundation for morality, social cohesion and continuity, religion, science, law, philosophy"1 but is it fair to say that language has the ability and the power to control our perception, emotion, reason and language? The word 'control' is perhaps too powerful for this context because a language has its limitations and ambiguities as well. Language "is the communication of thoughts and feelings through a system of arbitrary signals such as voice, sounds, gestures or written symbols."2 A language does not only involve verbal language but other paralinguistic features, which help blind, deaf and mute individuals to communicate. ...read more.

Middle

Let's assume that I am in love and to express my love to my beloved one I can express it verbally; " I love you". But the power of the language is not adequate, as it can't convey the intensity of my emotions. I can only understand my love. Although a language has power to express emotions, the emotion goes far beyond the reach of language. But perhaps some languages do this better than others and this is a limitation as it is sometime out of our reach. I think that Italian would be a good language as it appears very romantic to me. However poets and dramatist has the ability to portray emotions brilliantly through language by using figures of speech and rhythms to strengthen their sentiment. For instance Keats has the ability to express his emotions of his desperate love affairs through his poetry. In some of Keats odes we feel that he is trying to express his desperate feeling of love and he convey these emotions wonderfully through an intense language. So we can say that language has some power over our emotions and again we can see that language is an important mean of expression especially when it comes to feelings. But not every person, in life can be a great poet or playwrights like Keats or Shakespeare. ...read more.

Conclusion

It is true that some ways of knowing are controlled and relies a lot on a language, but there are others means, which are not dependant on language. I think it depends a lot on the individual, as some might rely more on a language while they perceive, think and feel an emotion and others might not. Recently I asked the class if they could imagine a world without a language and this was their response " We would not be here if a language did not exist." I personally think that a language is essential, even if it has its limitation and that we human beings have to accept it the way it is, as it is already part of our lives and controlling our mind, gestures and all actions. Bibliography: - Books : - - Micheal Woolman, Ways of knowing. Australia: IBID press Victoria: 2000. - Allott, R. The great mosaic Eye: Language and Evolution Chapter I. Book Guild: 2001. (Notes from Mr Muddle). - Della Thompson. The concise Oxford Dictionary. New York, Oxford university press: 1995. - Horner and Westacott. Thinking through philosophy. UK, Cambridge university press: 2001- philosophy of art: page 197. Internet: - Accessed dates (06/05/04 and 09/07/04) - The American Heritage(r) Dictionary'. Language: http://www.bartleby.com/61/14/L0041400.html. - The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis. Edward Sapir, Notion of Codability and Linguistic determinism http://venus.va.com.au/suggestion/sapir.html Additional Materials: - - Notes on language by Mr Muddle the Headmaster. - Class notes. ...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. Marked by a teacher

    Language Aquisition Notes

    5 star(s)

    - sometimes grammatically correct but omit determiners like 'a' and 'the' * Underextension - 'car' only for family car, but not other cars * Overextension - 'car' for tractor, van, etc * Fis phenomenon - Berko and Brown - child pronounces fish as fis but when a parent asks if

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

    Within my sample the word boy was only used once, by a young male in his 20s to refer to himself, but the world "girl" was used five times, by both men and women, in four cases to refer to women over the age of 40.

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

    It is meant for her.1 It is examples like the above two that are what makes Spender and Cameron argue that language is sexist and offensive to women. However, this is quite an extreme view to take, and although I can sympathise to some extent, I am not sure I wholeheartedly agree with them.

  2. An Investigation into the Representation of The War on Iraq

    Having the verbs in their simplest form, "to disarm" "to free" and "to defend" mirrors and reflects the simplicity of how the war is going to be. The dynamic verbs "free" "disarm" and "defend" are all connotations of . Therefore war is represented in a positive way, as it is almost building a better world.

  1. Amitabh Bachan - Indian cinema.

    He didn't find much success on his comeback he had few hit and a few downhills but that didn't stop him from filming. As Bachan got older he had a spectacular opportunity that he took with both hands, to be in the Indian version of 'who wants to be a millionaire' it was called 'kaun banega kororepati?'

  2. forgotton fair

    They were now dead, all bent and flat. I looked up. There it was my favourite ride 'The Rollercoaster'. I walked though the area where you used to queue. All of the fences which separated it had toppled over. A gust of wind rushed past me nearly losing my balance.

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

    Therefore, language is less significant in acquiring knowledge as it seems to be reliant on other ways of knowing to prove its self true. But as human experiences are different, how can I understand another person besides me? Some people are simply better with empathy than others is the answer.

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

    Each also require a degree of trust, trusting a friend in order to have a true friendship take place, and trusting one's ability to swim and stay afloat in the water.

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