chapter  6
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Language and the Order of Nature

Order out of Language Out of the buzz and the hum in which mankind has been evolving-itself a kind of conversation, to our present way of thinking-has emerged what Rulon Wells once called the ‘distinctively human semiotic’: a special form of dialogue powered by a system we call language. With this we talk to each other; and in the process we construct the microcosmos in which each one of us lives, our little universes of doing and happening, and the people and the things that are involved therein.