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Vocabulary and KnowledgeIs our knowledge affected by the vocabulary that we have? Can...
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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?
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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.
Posted by pohnpei397 on February 25, 2012 at 11:15 PM (Answer #2)
Middle School Teacher
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.
Posted by litteacher8 on February 26, 2012 at 5:13 AM (Answer #3)
High School Teacher
Posted by wannam on February 27, 2012 at 1:54 AM (Answer #4)
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.
Posted by cheezea on March 1, 2012 at 9:24 PM (Answer #5)
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