Homework Help

Vocabulary and KnowledgeIs our knowledge affected by the vocabulary that we have? Can...

user profile pic

rupuze | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 25, 2012 at 5:18 PM via web

dislike 0 like
Vocabulary and Knowledge

Is our knowledge affected by the vocabulary that we have? Can we still know something without knowing the words for it? Is it true that new vocabulary can aslo be gained by new knowledge not just that new knowledge can only be gained if we have a wide vocabulary? What could be the examples from different areas of knowledge?

Tagged with discussion, language, science

4 Answers | Add Yours

user profile pic

pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 25, 2012 at 11:15 PM (Answer #2)

dislike 0 like

Knowledge is affected by vocabulary, but for some things, we can have knowledge without the words.  This is particularly true for physical things.  We can know how to do various physical activities without knowing the proper words for them or how to explain them.  The same goes for emotions.  But knowledge becomes deeper, I think, when we have vocabulary to help us put our knowledge into words.

user profile pic

litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 26, 2012 at 5:13 AM (Answer #3)

dislike 0 like

If you have a more developed vocabulary, you will understand what you read, write and see more completely.  You will be able to describe the world around you more accurately, and people will understand what you mean better as well.  So the more developed your vocabulary, the better you experience the world.

 

user profile pic

wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted February 27, 2012 at 1:54 AM (Answer #4)

dislike 0 like
One personal example I can think of is crochet. I learned to crochet as a young girl. I was taught by physically mirroring rather than learning the actual words from a book. I have no idea what the terms are for the types of stiches that I can do. I know how to make a blanket but I don't know the vocabulary for what I am doing. Clearly you can have knowledge without vocabulary, but it does create some limitations. For example, I can only crochet the blanket that I was taught to make. I cannot read a crochet pattern because I do not know the terms for each type of stich. Without the vocabulary, I am unable to move beyond what I already know. The opposite is true of knitting. I learned to knit from a book. Since I learned the vocabulary first, I can read patterns and create anything in knitting. Vocabulary and knowledge are certainly intertwined.
user profile pic

cheezea | Student , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted March 1, 2012 at 9:24 PM (Answer #5)

dislike 0 like

I think that our knowledge is affected by our vocabulary to a certain extent. Although vocabulary helps to decipher things that we do not know, it is what leads to knowledge. They are intertwined. For example, vocabulary helps us to express ourselves. However, language is still new in humans and is not natural. We are born to learn by mirroring others and observing their actions, not born knowing already how to speak. But if we do not have a language, we are unable to communicate effectively and our knowledge would then be limited.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes