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Question: “Men imagine that their minds have the command of language, but it often happens that language rules over minds.” Francis Bacon. Discuss the extent to which language directs or even controls the way we think. Refer to at least one of the theories about the link between language and thought, and consider them issues raised by our discussion of translation and different languages.”

Answer: “What do you read, my lord?” Polonius asked. And with all the method that was in his madness Hamlet scornfully replied, “Words, words, words.”
Though this was in the beginning of the seventeenth century, till today realists like the eponymous Shakespearean character, Hamlet, continue to speak of words in the same condescending stress. Even though its concept is often dismissed as a simple matter, the fact is that the intricacies concerning the magic of words and how they affect us are something that linguists have been trying to decipher for decades...(short extract)

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  • Subject: Theory of Knowledge
  • Course: Theory of Knowledge
  • Level: International Baccalaureate
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: 62%
  • Words: 1388
  • Date submitted: July 13, 2009
  • Date written: December, 2004
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 1900

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