The language of Madness

By snurfson / Posted on 04 November 2010

…We exist within the context of a language that is our own invention but which controls us in so far as we have lost sight of its origins in our day-to-day practice. This ‘language’, which means all that is in common and present communicatively, as regards structure and the ways of forming new structures, includes all the actual languages that we speak. But it also includes large elements of sound, the ways we look at each other, ways of moving, guessing in our actions, that introduce an uncertainty, a necessary uncertainty, about exactly how and how exactly we are expressing ourselves and what this expression, whatever it is, means for the person who suppose receives it or who supposes that they receive it.







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