on re-learning language

Amanda Baggs‘ video challenges all notions of language, communication, and learning.  Be patient and watch through to her explanation about halfway through.

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Does verbal  language prevent us from communicating? Is it possible to tell a story without language? What happens when we fully communciate with others? Is verbal language always necessary? Can we even think without words? Does all our talk keep us from connecting with each other? What is there to learn from people who speak in another radically different language? Baggs  learned to speak in our language.  What might be possible when we learn to speak in hers? Is nonverbal dialogue even possible?

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I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me, so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

Theodore Roethke