The Use Of Language And Sound
This talk, while not being one of the tear-jerking emotional TED-talks, certainly contains some very interesting and brilliant points that should be of interest to, not only “language professionals”, but any human who is, in any way, interested in effective communication.
What To Do With The Information
I feel that all teachers of The Common Tongue (or any branch of “traditional” English) should be incorporating into their teaching, the ideas that are stated in the first part of the talk about what the speaker refers to as “HAIL” – and ESPECIALLY using what he calls “The Seven Deadly Sins Of Speaking” to demonstrate what NOT to do when communicating with others.
Words, phrases, and habits of communication, which promote or practice any one of “The Seven Deadly Sins…” and/or do not practice the points of “HAIL“, are (in my opinion) nothing less than language pollution.
Language is the key to making any change in the world, whether it be beneficial or detrimental. If we do not change the way we use our language, then we are not going to make any real or lasting change at all.
What the speaker touches upon in the second half of the talk – about the musical techniques of using sound in communication – are not only pretty cool, but (I think) should also be considered just as much a part of language as vocabulary and grammar.
To use an analogy – one could play all the correct notes of Beethoven’s 9th in precisely the proper order, but without cadence, pitch, timbre, and most importantly… Love, it would probably be about as “moving” as a ring-tone.
So let’s bring the music back into language by actually incorporating the philosophies in this talk, and making them a reality. For “Ideas Worth Spreading” are of no use at all… unless we put them into action.
Have An Excellent Day!