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Language came after Thought In order to be able to prove the statement Language came after thought the words language and thought first will have to be defined Language could be described as a system for formulating and communicating information thoughts and feelings There is however not one adequate definition of thinking since most definitions do not cover all aspects of thought It could be defined as a mental activity but also as the way ones mind perceives ones senses Having gathered this information the concepts of language and thought will be looked at and the relationship between the two concepts will be found Firstly a distinction has to be made between the conscious mind and the unconscious mind There are infinitely more thoughts in our mind than we can ever perceive The German psychologist Fechner who lived in the second half of the nineteenth century compared the mind to an iceberg This iceberg has only a fraction of all the information and thoughts stored in the mind above the water level on the surface of consciousness but by far the biggest part of it is hidden underwater in the unconscious mind Recent research has shown that only a very tiny proportion of our unconscious thinking is converted to conscious thinking This conversion processes like the search engine in a computer this search engine unconsciously selects the thoughts we want to be available for our conscious mind Then a small part of the thoughts from the unconscious component of the mind the part that is aware of and to a certain extent induces the persons choice of action is consciously translated into language This means that the meaning a person wishes to express provides the strategy for the proper word In the conscious mind there are words whereas in the unconscious mind there are only concepts Creativity for instance can be found in the unconscious mind Inspirations for paintings or for music compositions are found
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