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?

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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.
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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.

 

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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.

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