Nov. 11th, 2005

piranha: red origami crane (Default)
comment from [livejournal.com profile] deaf, plus some additional thoughts:

French people don't "think in English or in English but with French grammar" - they think in French everything.

when they do think in language at all, that is. my native mode of thought isn't in language at all; it's in what i call "gestalty" -- concepts; a melange of images, aural allusions (it's not quite like something i would hear; more like a representation thereof), smell memory (again, not quite like actually smelling anything), movement, colour, emotions, symbols -- sometimes it's like a short abstract IMAX movie with additional sense input. when i am aware of it, that is; mostly i am not. i wonder how becoming aware of it changes things; i am certain the act of observation affects the process. i have to "slide" into it when i want to describe it, or it breaks and becomes language.

there are times when i think in language, and it's not like hearing voices, it's that aural allusion i mentioned up there. i do that when i am verbalizing something, like right now. i do it a lot when i am in the middle stages of learning a new language, before i reach some modicum of fluency. once i am past the basic fluency point i no longer translate in my mind; it's more like having another language database, and my "gestalts" form access codes. this is particularly obvious when the language in which i am verbalising doesn't have a good equivalent for a concept; access shifts temporarily to another one to get the word from another language.

i also occasionally think in written language, usually when i am not sure about spelling, or when i experiment with words in art. what little ASL i know as yet falls into that category; new languages always start out that way for me. i see ASL as yet very static, as it is when printed on a page. i am hoping it'll start to become dynamic, change from printed to imaged. (i am not currently studying it, *sigh*.)

dreams can feature any of those modes. some of the dreams that amaze me most are the ones where i dream i am inside a book; there will be really interesting shifts between seeing the actual page in front of me, and having it morph into gestalts.

i've just recently figured out that i might be able to express that through collage and assemblage. yeah, *duh*, eh? why did that never occur to me before? no idea, but it's very exciting.
piranha: red origami crane (Default)
that crackling under your feet is the sound of the ice starting to break. house budget measure is Pulled.

i'm too worn out with disgust at machinations of the bush regime to start getting hopeful just yet, but i really like it that the lockstep of the republican party is getting a bit out of sync. there's the attempt to use some of the "bridges to nowhere" pork for something more useful, and the senate pushing its anti-torture amendment, and now more moderate republicans are speaking up, and are not, at this time, supporting drilling in the ANWR, nor the budget bill that was touted as "smaller government" (by cutting medicaid, food stamps, student loans -- oh yeah, that's where the pork is!).

it's good news. don't know how long it will last, mind you. until the next terror alert level raise, i guess *cynical smirk*.

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