Going through my university study notes (in theoretical linguistics) I have realized that Universal/Generative grammar and being bilingual was my first consciousness-expanding experience. Deep syntax structure theory broke my mind completely. Noam Chomsky is – for sure – God’s left hand on issues relating to human awakening! Indeed – WHY and HOW do all humans know what a noun is and what a verb is and what an adjective is. It is fascinating that children have such easy access to such a vast database of knowledge from infancy. I especially like the idea that we are born with this UNIVERSAL database of linguistic rules for which ANY language can be applied very quickly up to a certain age. And it is only later that we start dividing languages as “easy to learn” vs. “hard to learn”. How do bilingual children, for example, start understanding without any explanation the deep structure of syntax? Say – English/Spanish combination. They somehow know that all English sentences require an object “I go” whereas in Spanish the same sentence will not require an object “Voy”. Nobody explains it to them! They understand it very easily. Whereas when you start learning Spanish vs English later in life – this syntax difference is probably the first one to get used to…
What would we be like without these deep syntax structures? Is it THEM that make us linear in time? And the time going only one direction?
It’s interesting that the Hopi tribe have a cyclical notion of time; therefore, they have a less linear language, for instance, day and night aren’t separate. Tomorrow isn’t another day. Tomorrow is day returning. Hopi day controversy. Whorf wrote about this while studying Hopi language.
Hieroglyphic speakers find Western languages difficult because they are linear. When in front of a page of ideograms they immediately see/feel what the topic is and can move in any direction. Their language lateralization is on the right side of the brain, ours is on the left.
The research on “genius” seems to indicate that “feeling” is the only nonlinear “language”… if you can call it a language. The simultaneous understanding of many aspects of a situation leads to breakthroughs in human thought aka genius. I think it can even be taught (to a certain extent)… Steiner talks about the withered intuitive sense and how to develop this. Fascinating subject.
The only way to speak in non- linear fashion would be telepathic so that an instant message would contain the whole picture of what is being said….and transferred to another person…💫💫
… We are doomed to be linear in time here while we are speaking the languages…