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Struggle with Language
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Struggle with Language

1 Name: Anonymous : 2021-05-22 22:35
The more of linguistic philosophy I read the more paranoid and scared I become. I feel that my language and the linguistic community I exist is undermining my own mental sovereignty and agency. If what it is possible to talk about, what state of things it is possible to state and what counts as validation for any given claim is determined by the practices of a linguistic community then it seems that someone who is holey rejected from society may become holey unintelligible to the linguistic community, unable to even make sense of his own claim to personhood. Take the position of slavery. Couldn't a linguistic community deem that it is grammatically impossible to attribute personhood to a slave? How about conscious feeling? In some of the old court cases based on slavery, the subject of the case seems almost semantic. Whether, grammatically, a sentence with a subject that is slave can contain a statement of internal experience or an attribution of personhood, promise, kinship, etc. I am afraid I could be shunned from the language, made unintelligible and nonsensical, or that I may be unable to understand the claims of someone already made unintelligible in such a way.

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