When I speak to you I am describing my visual reference points.

I have been thinking about and reading essays on signs and language lately, a random discovery of texts and ideas that I did not intently choose to learn about, but all sort of fell in to my hands. The importance of image to language, as what we see precedes what we say about it or even what we term it. A tree exists before the word “tree” has even been uttered, but, as a community of English speakers, we all recognize (with minute differences in style, shape, and size, assuredly,) that when someone says the word, that we think of the same category of images, or trees we have seen in our past. And when we say the word “communicate,” some of us think of speaking words verbally, others of writing a letter, and furthermore, some of us think of talking with our hands using sign language. Communicate is a verb, however, we have images of communication that solidify the text and associate it to our category of images tagged “communicate.”

Sign language. It really is what all of us speak. We mutter words that have become associated with signs and images in our life, and we mutter these sounds to cue the visual recognition in our minds of something from our past. And in a grand sequence of these utterances we construct great paragraphs and tomes, or simple one word warnings, so, to speak.

So, what signs do the blind-from-birth reference when they speak to us of an achromatic and visually non-dimensional world that they must imaginably be a part of?

¶ 2008·03·25