Stimulate Prospects’ Minds by Shakespearing Your Language…

by Lou

The Science Blog has websited this article on how William Shakespeare’s languaging techniques create magic in readers’ minds.

“Shakespeare uses a linguistic technique known as functional shift that involves, for example using a noun to serve as a verb. Researchers found that this technique allows the brain to understand what a word means before it understands the function of the word within a sentence. This process causes a sudden peak in brain activity and forces the brain to work backwards in order to fully understand what Shakespeare is trying to say.” [MORE....]

The NLP Meta Model states how nominalization can be an impediment to understanding (that sentence is just full of nominalized verbs!). Maybe changing nouns into verbs can aid understanding. Then again, maybe not. See what Calvin and Hobbes have to say on the subject.

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