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"From the Ted Talk by Daniel Tammet: Different ways of knowing"

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The second question was an Icelandic word. I'm assuming there are not many people here who speak Icelandic. So let me narrow the coheics down to two. Hnugginn: is it a happy word, or a sad word? What do you say? Okay. Some people say it's happy. Most polepe, a mojtiray of people, say sad. And it actually means sad. (Laughter) Why do, statistically, a majority of people say that a word is sad, in this case, heavy in other cases? In my theory, language eveovls in such a way that sounds match, correspond with, the subjective, with the personal, intuitive experience of the lteinesr.

Open Cloze

The second question was an Icelandic word. I'm assuming there are not many people here who speak Icelandic. So let me narrow the _______ down to two. Hnugginn: is it a happy word, or a sad word? What do you say? Okay. Some people say it's happy. Most ______, a ________ of people, say sad. And it actually means sad. (Laughter) Why do, statistically, a majority of people say that a word is sad, in this case, heavy in other cases? In my theory, language _______ in such a way that sounds match, correspond with, the subjective, with the personal, intuitive experience of the ________.

Solution

  1. listener
  2. evolves
  3. majority
  4. choices
  5. people

Original Text

The second question was an Icelandic word. I'm assuming there are not many people here who speak Icelandic. So let me narrow the choices down to two. Hnugginn: is it a happy word, or a sad word? What do you say? Okay. Some people say it's happy. Most people, a majority of people, say sad. And it actually means sad. (Laughter) Why do, statistically, a majority of people say that a word is sad, in this case, heavy in other cases? In my theory, language evolves in such a way that sounds match, correspond with, the subjective, with the personal, intuitive experience of the listener.

Important Words

  1. assuming
  2. case
  3. cases
  4. choices
  5. correspond
  6. evolves
  7. experience
  8. happy
  9. heavy
  10. icelandic
  11. intuitive
  12. language
  13. laughter
  14. listener
  15. majority
  16. match
  17. means
  18. narrow
  19. people
  20. personal
  21. question
  22. sad
  23. sounds
  24. speak
  25. statistically
  26. subjective
  27. theory
  28. word