Phil's question “are we the language that we speak?”generated 90 minutes of thought provocation and dialogue for us last night. Thanks to all who got stuck into the exploration.
Here's a paraphrasing of some of the spin-off questions it generated.
Feel free to add on any thoughts or questions or your own on the subject.
- What do we mean by language?
- Are we more ourselves when speaking in our native language?
- Does the use of language nuture our capacity for abstract thought?
- Are we born with pre-set with a certain amount of inner language?
- How does the use of a particular language influence the way we think? (e.g. If we speak german, could we expect to be become more structured thinkers? Does Sanskrit really make one look at the world more philosophically?)
- Are are some languages more suited than others to the expression of certain aspects of self?
- Do certain language enable us to express particular emotions more successfully? (e.g. does speaking in French really make us more romantic? Does speaking or singing (as James did) in Irish make more melancholic lullabies?)
- Can an Irish person who doesn’t speak Irish ever expect to express his or her true essence?
- Can we ever hope to attain full 100% communication with another person? (check out 4 filters of communication concept: what you inttend to say, what you say, what the other persons hears, what the other person interprets that message as…)
- How does country location and people influence the development of a country’s language?
- How much of our cultural identity and cultural identification is imprinted on the language we use?
- Are we not really our true selves when we are speaking from the ego?
- To whom do we communicate our truest version of self?
Is that down to language or something else?