Wed, Nov 5, 2008  Permanent link
Wow, nice article. It's something I find so awesome, the whole concept of linguistics as language finally beginning to understand itself. I've been attempting to understand a bit on this myself, and it's really hard to grasp, but I'm beginning to get there. This information definitely helped :)
First Dark     Wed, Nov 5, 2008  Permanent link
Yeah! It's all so fascinating but definitely takes a good deal of dedication to really keep up...
Wildcat     Thu, Nov 6, 2008  Permanent link
Grand post, thank you First Dark, I think you have created here a coherent proposition for all those that realize the shortcomings of our daily language.

As Steven Pinker so succinctly puts it: "We cut nature up, organize it into concepts, and ascribe significances as we do, largely because we are parties to an agreement to organize it in this way-an agreement that holds throughout our speech community and is codified in the patterns of our language. The agreement is, of course, an implicit. and unstated one, but its terms are absolutely obligatory; we cannot talk at all except by subscribing to the organization and classification of data which the agreement decrees...."

The above is one of the most clear modes of defining the problem that I have read.
As we know the net has created a new kind of reality to emerge, a reality that defines a new form of communication, that of hyperconnectivity. In fact I would go as far as saying that hyperconnectivity redefines for many of us, biopersons, a new kind of language, the language of the extended bioperson (the embryonic polytopian). this new kind of language refines our modes of grasping and increases the evolution of our minds into a fresh (and unwritten) agreement and sense. I see today the evolution of a new perceptual capability deriving from this new form of language, namely a new kind of sense that can be called cyberintuition.
This new cyberintuition derives largely from the upgraded (and in a sense even optimized) kind of language we use on the net.
There is in fact not only a novel vocabulary that is being created as we speak but a new kind of meaning/s that is assigned in manners and fashion that for the uninitiated will seem utterly alien, esoteric and fully unrecognizable.
I think therefore that as a complement to our set of perceptive capabilities we need realize this new cyberintuition as a form of mental emotional hyperconnected sense of meaning application.
Cyberintuition is a new arrival on the mental/emotional evolutionary scene, it is in my understanding, a fresh artifact of the mind using its extended reality perception via the grid to grasp realities that are at present beyond the capacity of the 'simple' bioperson.
innovativeedge     Mon, Nov 10, 2008  Permanent link
Great article. As said above you really cover quite thoroughly a lot of great information about the effect of linguistics on the limitation or expansion of human thought. This is something that I've thought about before, but never quite this deeply. Nor did I realize that there was already so much research already out there. Good stuff!