Language as a Way of Knowing Multi-Task Blog Post

Language as a Way of Knowing Multi-Task Blog Post


1. READ pages 32-49 in your Green TOK Course Companion.

2. Choose 1 QUOTE from the list above and comment on it with your own personal thoughts and real- life examples.

“The word is half his that speaks, and half his that hears it”- Michel de Montaigne

I chose this quote because I found it most interesting and appealing than the other quotes. I believe that in life one should be able to listen and (hear) others and their opinion whether they agree or disagree and should also be able to speak their opinion to others as well whether they agree or disagree. I am constantly placed in this position daily when interacting with my peers, teachers, and parents. I am constantly battling and trying to find a fair, perfect balance when listening and talking to others, but it can sometimes be a challenge especially when you or the other person doesn’t agree with your opinion or want to hear what you have to say. It is a constant challenge between me and my parents when battling who gets to speak during conversations and disagreements. Although, I am finding that I agree with this quote and agreeing that it is true that the world is half speaking and half listens. People should equally be influenced and influence others with their opinions and their perspectives on certain topics so that everyone may take in differences and eventually determine their own opinions.

3. Choose 1 LINKING QUESTION. Comment on it with your own personal thoughts and real-life examples from the world or your experiences. Find a related article or video that would support your answer, and describe how it does.

Emotion: Does the way you describe something affect how you feel about it? What is the power of language? What roles do context, emotion, and selection, emphasis, and word choice play in language?

The way someone describes something definitely affects how one feels about the situation, because they way the information is being describes is most likely biased towards the way someone is presenting it. The context of the information being expresses can totally affect how someone feels about it because the context of something means the parts of a written or spoken statement that preceded or follow a specific word or passage where opinion plays a great role. I personally feel that the emotion is the most influential when someone expresses their opinion towards someone else because it is made clear where the person stands through their voice level and their obvious emotions on the topic. For example when my parents tell me “we need to talk” I can already make an educated guess about what we will be talking about through their emotion they express towards me for example if they are mad when talking I already know I must be in trouble. This is also the case when hearing story from other people for example when my friends get into an argument and I am not there their emotions at the time affect the things they say to me for example if the event had just occurred and they are clearly still extremely upset they will say much meaner and harsher things and if the event had time to settle for a couple days they say much more less biased information about the events that occurred. Context, emotion, selection, emphasis, and word choice play a huge role on language and how information is expresses one could completely make information biased or different in perspective with the usage of these extremely important events in language.  I used this very interesting website to help write this paragraph which has helped e conquer on how these factors express communication.

4. CHOOSE SIX of the 20 proposed Blog Questions and answer them thoughtfully, providing examples as you go. Try to find other articles, tweets, images or videos that would support your answer and post along with it.

1.  Try to define as precisely as possible these words:

a. triangle

  • three (3) sides
  • three (3) angles
  • the sum of 180o

a closed plane figure having three sides and three angles.

b. love

a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.

a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

New International Version (NIV)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

c. table


what is the difference? Which was easiest to define?

2. Birds fly and planes fly. Since fish swim, why don’t we say that submarines also swim? What do submarines do?

3. What would be the advantages  and disadvantages of everyone in the world spoke a common language? What would be gained and what would be lost?

4.  Take 2 advertising slogans of your choice – such as “Just Do It” by Nike- explain why you think they are effective (or not)

5.  Do you agree with the old rhyme “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me”? In light of the effects of cyberbullying, how might you analyse this quote?

6.  Do you think communication would be improved if we got rid of vague words?  DO you think vague or ambiguous words sometimes serve a purpose?

5. COMMENT with your own personal thoughts or questions on the 4 VIDEOS found on this blog post.

6. PARTNER GROUP PRESENTATION (or alone if you wish): PERUSE the DIIGO and DELICIOUS LISTS (linked at the top) of things I’ve curated about Language. Choose ONE that seems interesting to you both and prepare a presentation of 3-4 slides MAX for the class. Use GOOGLE PRESENTATION and paste info in this doc:

a. give us an overview of the article or video

b. identify at least 1 knowledge question or issue in the article or video (***should be in the form of an open-ended question, with the question about knowledge itself)

c. show different perspectives and/or connections to other subjects (Areas of Knowledge) or Ways of Knowing – the linking questions above have some categories



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