6.500 languages currently in existance.
Everyone (I assume) has that voice in their head when they're thinking.
What if that voice isn't there? Do you need it for thought?
Can thought exist without language?
Most Helpful Guy
Yes. Words are just a shortcut - they are a way to represent a concept that is in your mind in a way that is clear to other people. If I am just thinking of something in my mind, I can be thinking it, but have no way of sharing that thought with you. By developing a way to say "chair" I can start to share some of the concepts in my own mind with you. I can then start saying "black chair" all the way up to "black office chair with a low back, two plastic arms, and a central adjustable base under the seat that then branches into 5 wheels". The more words I use, the more the image in your mind becomes aligned with the image in my mind. You will picture a chair when you read that, you will stop thinking about the words themselves. They are just a conduit to transfer something I am thinking to you, so you can think about it too.
Without language, I would still be able to understand the chair I am sitting on, and think about it. I simply wouldn't be able to transfer those thoughts to you. My brain is my computer. Your brain is your computer. Language is the internet, connecting the two ;)0
Most Helpful Girl
Well, I like to believe people in the Stone Age were actually capable of thinking without the use of a language.. No idea how they would have survived if they hadn't been thinking.
And yes I think I personally, as a visual person, think in images rather than words anyways.0