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Re: reality?

From:J. Barefoot <lesfraises@...>
Date:Saturday, January 2, 1999, 23:46
Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...> wrote:

> >On Sat, 2 Jan 1999 19:02:07 +0200 vardi <vardi@...> writes: >>> Would you care to expound on that? > >>Always glad to expound:) Just as people often have the feeling that >>they've been in a particular place or situation before (deja vu), so I >>feel sometimes that there's some inherent or innate aspect of >>language. >>That's why I mentioned about my little son: it often seems to me that >>he >>already knows vastly more language than he's producing (not a >>revolutionary idea - the passive command of all learners is greater >>than >>their active command). The way he deals with the language he's given >>seems more than repetition or the simple substition of items in >>sentences. And as for myself: I grew up in England, basically as a >>monolingual child, but with an awareness and some knowledge of Hebrew >>from a very early age. Again, I always felt there was more Hebrew >>"inside me," and the first time I came here (to Israel) when I was 16 >>I >>was talking fairly fluently within a few weeks. I'm not talking here >>about liking languages or being good at them, though I guess that's >>part >>of it, but about a deeper connection to languages. That's what I meant >>by linguistic deja vu. >> >>Hope I made some sense. >> >> Shaul Vardi > > >You definitely did....that's sorta the way i felt when i was studying
>my Yiddish final - as if the language was somewhere there in the back
>my head and i was just "remembering" it or something....very scary, but >cool. It's the vocab that's the problem, though :) > >-Stephen (Steg) >
I get that with French sometimes. I think it's a language intuition that shouldn't come as any surprise; we are human after all. What's eerie sometimes is that it seems to go beyond just understanding of grammar, it goes even to a immediate understanding of the character of the language, however passive. Oftentimes I can't form the right French sentence, but I can definitely pick it out from amongst wrong ones. ______________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free Email at