Mind Words in English Japanese French German Russian Chinese Sanskrit Hebrew The comparative Table in the next slide shows that in very different languages words for aspects of the functioning of the mind for the most part match very closely words found in the English lexicon. There are a few surprising mismatches, notably the absence in some languages of distinct words for mind and self matching the English words. It is notable that for most of the words listed there are few or no similarities in word-structure which could be explained as the result of borrowing or etymological relationships.
click The syntactic words in the table above, together with pronouns and prepositions (or grammatical inflections in other languages), play a central role in sentence structure. Click for demonstration of hand and arm activity linked to function words. To return to show PRESS Close
click Function words as pre-linguistic aspects of the mind (in Kants sense) and as an embodied aspect of the neural sensory-motor system. See the attached file www.kantcats.htm To return to show PRESS Close
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