“You know there’s always more than one way to say exactly what you mean to say.”               – Fastball –

Communication is explained by Labov and Fanshel (er?) “in terms of hearers accurately identifying the intended meaning of the speaker’s utterance and responding to it accordingly.  However, giving the multi-functionality of utterances, we cannot be sure that a hearer always picks up the ‘right’ interpretation of an utterance.”

Just something to think about…  

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  1. Fantastic.  Also…
    The boundary between awareness of feeling and expression of feeling in words is very fluid.  There is the comletely non-verbalized experience, and close to it the experience in which a word appears like a vessel that “contains” the feeling and yet does not contain it; for the feeling is constantly flowing and it overflows the vessel.  The word-vessel is more like a note in a musical score, which is a symbol for a tone but not the tone itself.
    -Erich Fromm, The Art of Being (1989)!


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