I found this video by a cognitive psychology and linguistics professor, here he speaks of the meaning of the word, language, and specifically in this clip how it relates to politics, connecting well with the issues that Erard establishes.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
The Significance of Word
I find this article very interesting, primarily the first few paragraphs, before Erard delves into a political connection and analysis. He is addressing at the start the importance of a word, and what a word truly is. In reality, a word is nothing. A simple string of sounds tied together in a universally agreed upon manner, a symbol for the entity itself, a "grafting of the arbitrary onto the utterly conventional", Erard states. A word in itself is just that- a powerless nothing. However, he finds interest in language as a whole, as an entity in its own right, with the stringing together of individual words to produce a thought being an output of the mind, a creation of a being, as described through his nail analogy. A word can tell you nothing. However, when processed through the mind, their combination and output can tell you everything, as Erard addresses as he flows into a political realm.