Ramon van Alteren
ramon at vanalteren.nl
Sun Oct 22 15:37:01 MSD 2006
Benjamin A. Okopnik wrote:
> [sigh] I wish that life was long enough to learn all human languages,
> and that our brains could accomodate them.
I'd settle for learning how to communicate adequately ....
That's hard enough as it is.
It takes at least learning one language other than your native language
and trying to express yourself in it beyond the usual "Can I get
something to eat" basics, to get a feel for how difficult communicating
Half your expressions and intentions are communicated by gesture and the
non-verbal part of your communication without ever needing any natural
language at all.
hence flame-wars in solely natural language communictions ;-)
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