Signs Symbols Stories Language.
Understanding in our minds and what we express through communication in language are not systems designed to compliment each other . This leads to confusions and the disjoint can be manipulated against our own best interests.
I have been pondering lately whether in Sweden a country that uses a language with 41,000 words; (approx.)
One way to get an estimate of the number of words in the Swedish language is to look at a dictionary. The online Woxikon dictionary lists over 41,000 Swedish words. It is interesting to note that more words started with “s” than any other, by far, and the least number of words started with “q” and “x.” This is only a rough estimate of the number of words in the Swedish language.
The Second Edition of the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary contains full entries for 171,476 words in current use, and 47,156 obsolete words. To this may be added around 9,500derivative words included as subentries. Over half of these words are nouns, about a quarter adjectives, and about a seventh verbs; the rest is made up of exclamations, conjunctions, prepositions, suffixes, etc. And these figures don’t take account of entries with senses for different word classes (such as noun and adjective).
I have been pondering lately whether in Sweden, a country that uses a language with 41,000 words, will access to less words give Swedes more common stories and communicate their shared understanding at a more sub-concious level and more acurately. For instance allowing greater precision than admitted in English speaking nations, where inevitably there is a wider opportunity for misunderstanding the other persons point of view, either expressed or assumed?
The metaphor of language and prison:
Widening the prison:
Prisons as Frameworks:
Robert Redford quotes