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Comment on Is Language a Window into Human Nature?

starwalker Thu, Nov 19, 2009
Is communication a distinct concept from language? How to describe the distinction?
Among the very critical points of thought brought up by this extended polylogue, I believe there is the fact that we exist on the very line of a number of breakthroughs in communication (meant as the ‘process’ of transferring information in between agents or alternatively as the process of propagating reflective waves in a network of agents).
Just summarizing the evident: hyperconnectivity, multimediality, breaking of space-time continuity, distribution of reference authority (from fixed institutions to complex networks – ex. wikipedia, twitter). How we communicate is in breakthrough, possibly also the what and the why:). And words and languages are swayed into change.

To mention something that may be trivial but to me is still quite surprising, the possibility of writing/reading one’s and others' thoughts in a composition of images – photos – videos – link – music (and what else I may be missing) has become a critical part in the understanding of the written lines, and by critical I mean without it I do not really understand in the same way. It is clearly a very relevant factor in resolving the disambiguation, in freeing one from being trapped in words, and words from being univocally trapped in meanings. Another thing is that constantly referencing each other has become a form of communication (a language?).
It is as if the fact that the bodily presence (for ex. in this polylogue) is not there in providing the audio, visual, tactile or subconscious aspect of the input, has open a variety of diverse possibilities of communication which may be the first signs of the new language.

May be the in-coming new language is and will be more and more clearly about encoding co-ordinates: one’s location on a network, on a semantic map of meanings, on a tune of emotional composition, and so on. Eventually matching the emerging co-ordinates delivers us with immediate and unmediated communication.