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If a woman is swept off a ship into the water the cry is Man overboard If she is killed by a hit and run driver the charge is manslaughter If she is injured on the job the coverage is Workmens compensation But if she arrives at a threshold marked Men only she knows the admonition is not intended to bar animals or plants or inanimate objects It is meant for her as quoted by Alma Graham Language is the main source of power in our modern society it shapes our thinking The English language can have an effect on women with vocabulary containing bias misogyny stereotyping and chauvinism There is unique dominance of the masculine viewpoint in the development of English Of all the things that can control our thinking language is the most dominate Language is in fact the bridge to our thinking The relationship between words and thoughts are the same as one cannot think without words French philosopher Etinne Bonnet De Condillac says We think only in the medium of words The art of reasoning is nothing more than language well arranged One can argue that feelings from your senses can determine your thoughts but it is more difficult to know what you are feeling if you cannot identify the linguistic terms In the seventeenth century philosophers linguists scholars and theologians began to examine the relationship of language and thought Hebrew scholar William Chomsky writes We do not first have thoughtsideas feelings and then put them into a verbal framework We think in words by means of words Language and experience are inextricably interwoven Johann Gottfried Von Herder adds that Language sets limits and contour for all human cognition There are over a thousand languages being spoken today some more complex than others The basic principle here is The simpler ones language the simpler ones thoughts and vise versa It also depends on the degree one uses that language
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