heteroglossia: “Imagine that every time you wanted to get an apple from someone you had to go…

heteroglossia:

“Imagine that every time you wanted to get an apple from someone you had to go through the entire physical story–a shared memory of going to pick an apple from a tree. Imagine that you couldn’t sign or say “apple,” or gesture “want.” Painful enough, but what if you had no shared history on which the mime the actions? How would you communicate this need to a stranger? This is what generalizable signs make possible. This is the power of language. I can talk to people I don’t know. To then refuse the Other because of fear, how utterly ridiculous.”

— Ars Cogitanda, Footnote to Silence

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