TWP PG 321-323

TWP PG 321-323 - speaking; or at least trying to. They...

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Kevin Pintauro January 11, 2007 Pg 321-323 Diane Ackerman writes about humans perceive and understand language in her short story “We Are Our Words”. The purpose of this story is to illustrate the capabilities that words have and how complex language is and how smart we really are. Babies are, of course, born without “knowing” anything. It is the only time in a human’s life where the brain has a “clean-slate”. It is at this point that anything and everything that a baby experiences becomes apart of them. She calls them “super immigrants” as they would be completely alien to any environment that they may find themselves in and not know anything about anything. When babies start babbling, they are, in a way, actually
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Unformatted text preview: speaking; or at least trying to. They babble in their own language until the babbling evolves in to actual speech. People use words to think faster and more efficiently. Our verbal memory allows us to create and understand written words. This in turn allows one in to another’s own mind. One can use words to describe feelings, use different tones to change meanings of certain words and, of course, allow us to communicate with one another. Close circles of people create their own lingo or dialects that are influenced by other circles. One of the biggest circles of them all is verbal entertainment such as television. TV, radio, music, and movies all impact the way we shape our language....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENG 150 taught by Professor Mcmahon during the Spring '07 term at Creighton.

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