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George Trail  Identity Verified
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Apr 22, 2010

On how language and intelligence are inter-related; this blog also aims to provoke thought about how certain individual words REALLY get used...

http://languageandthesubtletiesofhumannature.blogspot.com/2010/04/weve-all-heard-of-intelligence-but.html


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Lesley Clarke  Identity Verified
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I cannot agree with the post at all Apr 22, 2010

For a professional linguist to claim that a spelling mistake is a sign of lack of intelligence is like a mechanical calling me thick because I haven't the first clue about engines.

I know the difference is that we were all taught spelling at school, but besides there being a huge variety of schools and teachers, if a person's interest lie in another direction, they will not pay the same heed to the lesson.

Good use of language has always been important to me and I think it is important for society in general, but I have known so many extremely intelligent people who cannot write to save their lives, because they were never properly taught and have never seen the point of learning.


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fathia haider
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mistakes in spelling Apr 22, 2010

I agree that it would be unfair to judge the linguists on their spelling mistakes, for me lanuage itself is like a huge sea. It is not possible to embrace all its components. There are always new vocabulary, new statement especially for the second language. I'm a native Arab but still I find myself learning new words and termonology, new expression. It is really exciting to be interested in languages. But what I would like to say, we should find a useful and simple way to spell words correctly, learning should not be related to teachers only we are our own teachers we have to teach ourselves coninuously and properly.

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Erik Freitag  Identity Verified
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language proficiency - intelligence Apr 22, 2010

George, I'd never think about making assumptions about your intelligence based on the quality of your German CV.

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Françoise Vogel  Identity Verified
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Apr 22, 2010



[Edited at 2010-04-22 17:23 GMT]


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