Notes from a Linguistic Mystic

I’m not really sure what to make of this. It’s a video, made by an autistic woman, telling her take on language, the world, and the views of others. It’s around eight minutes, but I think it’s also worth it:

Here’s a link to the video on YouTube

As I said, I’m not really sure what to make of this. It’s a really beautiful video, and is exceptionally well made, far above the normal YouTube fodder. It also has a very interesting take on language, what constitutes language, and the sociolinguistics of Autism. If this is, in fact, a genuine look into the autistic mind, I’m very impressed, and I’ll definitely be thinking about language in a whole new way.

However, my internet cynicism is a bit too harsh for me to take this completely at face value. It doesn’t have any of the features of an “amateur video”, and as I said, it’s really a cut above 90% of what’s on YouTube. If this were to come out as something done by a few art students for notoriety, I’d be disappointed, but not shocked.

If this is everything it says it is, I have to thank the creator. It’s both brave and powerful, and exceptionally well done. It’s always good to have your worldview tweaked a little bit, and this video definitely did that for me. I hope it affected you as well.

(Also, as a note, you’ll notice that I’m not embedding the YouTube video in the page as many site do. I’m sorry for the (slight) inconvenience, but I think it’s the best choice for accessibility, compatibility, and the aesthetics of this site)

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