It's language, stupid!

Linguistic Construction of Reality

The human — and no other — possesses the one essential tool which makes a social construction of reality possible. That tool is language. Not only is language the means by which this kind of reality construction is accomplished, it is also the means by which the realities, once constructed, are preserved and transmitted from person to person and from generation to generation. Hence, it is entirely appropriate to refer more specifically to the linguistic construction of reality.

Grace, GW. (1987) The linguistic construction of reality. London: Croom Helm

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