Autistic Songs

Alan Griswold

 

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The Prerequisites of Language

Nearly all animal species have sufficient biological equipment for the production of abstract language—they can make sounds, they can gesture, they can rub against one another. Heck, with access to something as simple as mud, most organisms could write things down.

As we humans have by now so ably demonstrated, nearly any physical artifact can serve the purpose of conveying language. What other animals lack is not the biological or physical means for language, but instead what language represents. For what good is an abstract language when one’s entire world is already present? What good is an abstract language when one's entire existence is always in the here and now?

And we humans too—we had nothing to talk about until just so recently.


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