06 January 2012

...but rather the world's creation.

"But when an infant gazes into his mother's eyes and speaks a first word--even if he has no clue what it 'means'--*that* is language. The child's first word is *not* a symbol. It is not a representation, it is not a sign impregnated with abstract meaning, it is not a signifier and not a semiote. It is not a thin coating of significance painted over the surface of an a priori extant concept, suddenly revealing its definition like the act of throwing a sheet over something invisible. It is not a representation. Before a word becomes any of these things, it is simply an *act*. It is not a naming of the world, but rather the world's creation." -Benjamin Hale; The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore

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