how we use words

http://bigthink.com/experts/joscha-bach

 

joscha bach   makes a very interesting distinction between knowing something by reference and knowing something by content.

 

Pat: This is a very important comment on how we use language.  and is so important for the general theme of how we in society make our world view.  I need to consider this further because maybe it means that we talk with words that are at one remove from reality.  that the whole fabric of our discourse is in a world of its own – this chimes with saussure that words only have meanings in relation to other words

and then with barthes that because of this quality of word usage, language use is wide open to be colonised with ideology

this seems to be an extremely important

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