Smelling Words

on March 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

In my book, Tilogos: A Treatise on the Origins and Evolution of Language I dealt heavily in sounds representing concepts. I stopped there, but other qualities such as taste, smell, feel could produce sound concepts too.

You feel something slimy and make a shivering/disgust noise. That noise becomes the representation of that feel. This is no different than a yelp from pain becoming the sound, then name for pain.

You taste something bitter and you spit it out with a gaging sound. That sound becomes representative of bad food and evolves through my process into articulate speech. This is not so amazing!

Now there is evidence that smells can be accurately named if you speak the right language. I have a link below to the article. My point is, that any sense, accompanied with a sound can become articulated. What is the difference if you smell your enemy or see your enemy? The same call for “snake” will be induced into the brain with all your senses. The first sense to recognize the snake will produce the snake call.

Why would the smell of rotten food not evoke the same repugnant sound as tasting the rotten food? The same goes for every sense! This ought to be truest the closer one gets to the first language spoken. English, confused as it is, only has a fifty-percent correlation.–+Language+Acquisition%29

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