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On Death

Pat born in October '61, seemed to have brought with herself a great deal that delighted and amazed her parents. She learned to speak English in England by choosing to speak it as the announcers of the BBC did on the radio. At home she had two parents whose accents were foreign, neighbors who on one side were Irish, on the other Welsh, and across the road, Swedish. It seemed that she had chosen her kind of speech according to aesthetic rules given her by her musical self. That was delightful but not too surprising. At 17 months she had, besides a good use of Hindi (her mother's tongue), several hundred words of English at her disposal which she reeled off in “perfect” British English. She had given herself to language before attempting to get up and walk. The latter she attempted only at 14 months. So she used to sit a lot and to act as a sitting person. When her toys rolled out of reach, she would show initiatives compatible with her choice of mobility, often very clever ones. That was accounted for by granting her a great deal of intelligence. One day at 20 months she surprised everyone by showing that reading English had made sense to her and that she had taught herself to read on her own simply by being present in the living room when her mother taught neighbors, five-and four-yearolds, using the materials and techniques of Words in Color. Once, one of the boys being taught was having difficulty reading a sentence. Pat addressed him: “Colin! have you lost it again?” and came to the wall and showed him the sentence made of words on the first two charts. Of course, she knew more than those words. On testing her it was found that she had assimilated the vocabulary on the first twelve charts and could 50

On Death  

"Is there any hope that we may ever know what death is? Since it is a problem of knowing, we need to find the epistemological devices that w...

On Death  

"Is there any hope that we may ever know what death is? Since it is a problem of knowing, we need to find the epistemological devices that w...

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