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The Lightning Flash

Language, longing and the facts of life


Michèle Cooke

We don’t say what we mean. We don’t mean what we say. No-one can tell the truth – especially when we stick to the facts.
Language isn’t about words, or information, or things. It’s always about us. As with music and painting, we use language to express what we are not able to say. And we can all do it. We all create our own poetry.
It is not words that we understand, but the myriad meanings of silence that lie beyond them.
Contents: Bio-systemic basis of human communication – Language as homeostatic adjustment – Denotation as by-product of emotional imperative – Misunderstanding as essential communicative impulse – Translation as resolution of communicative indeterminacy.