Saturday, December 11, 2004
Why Language is Important
The following sentences may describe similar events but each of them conveys different information about a situation. If you try to envision what each of sentence describes, differing emotional resonances will occur within you at each sentence. (Well, this assumes you have some sense of empathy and feeling.)
A woman calls for help.
A woman cries out for help.
A man calls for help.
A man tries to kiss a woman and she calls for help.
A woman's boyfriend tries to kiss her and she calls for help.
A man's girlfriend tries to kiss him and he calls for help.
The point I'm trying to make is that each sentence triggers a different imaginary (or real) scene. We fill in the details. I note that I find it difficult to imagine the last example sentence. I don't really know what the point of this exercise is but it somehow seemed important. And, no, I'm not high. *sigh* Maybe I'm just easily amused by playing with words.