Wednesday, 2 December 2015

The Belief That Language Distorts Our Awareness Of Reality

Halliday & Matthiessen (1999: 444):
Attempts to create an ontology without reference to language in general, or without reference to lexicogrammar in particular, seem to derive from the belief, familiar in the history of Western thinking, that language comes between us and a ‘real’ or scientific understanding of the world, that it somehow distorts our awareness of reality.