Utah State University Faculty Honor Lectures
The Faculty Association, Utah State University
As is true of other organs, when language is functioning well, we pay little or no attention to it or its complexities. Part of the difficulty, in fact, of doing justice to the problems of expression and interpretation that Richards asks us to deal with is that routine language experience occurs so effortlessly, so unconcernedly, so second-natured naturally, that when we do run into difficulties we do not always recognize them as difficulties of our developing language. Or, what can be even worse, we think of the language difficulties as if they were separable, as if the thought would be available if only we could get at it without having to use language, "as though composing were a sort of catching a nonverbal butterfly in a verbal butterfly net, as though comprehending were
Booth, T. Y., "The Supreme Organ of the Mind's Self-Ordering Growth" (1973). Faculty Honor Lectures. Paper 14.