A couple of interesting thoughts related to the discussions thus far.
Words and context: From an article on G.E. Moore:
Moore now argues that just as the moral law is not based on practical reason, a priori truths concerning the basic structure of the world are not based on theoretical reason. According to Moore, Kant’s work is vitiated by being “merely psychological” in that his “Copernican Revolution” amounts to the claim that it is because our minds are so constituted that we cannot but think in terms of these supposed a priori truths that we take them to be true – which, Moore argues, is no good reason to conclude that they are in fact true . A further feature of this revised dissertation is that Moore now adds F. H. Bradley to his targets, on the grounds that Bradley’s claim that the meanings of words are “parts of the content” of a speaker’s ideas amounts to a similar psychologism concerning meanings, which Moore opposes by affirming a full-blooded realism concerning the “concepts” which are the meanings of our words.
Also there is this…how words might affect consciousness?
English’s SVO (subject-verb-object) order results in sentences about who is doing what to whom, while German’s SOV order is more concerned with who to whom is doing what. This syntactical difference is one reason, but only one reason, why English-language natives tend to expect a sentence to express itself immediately—to state from the start what it’s all about—whereas German-language natives are more conditioned to uncertainty, given that their full comprehension of a sentence must be suspended until its end. Because an English-language sentence usually announces its basic purpose at the top, it almost always can only amplify or modify that purpose, and never, or rarely, upend it. A German-language sentence, however, can expand a reader’s understanding as it itself expands, becoming less provisional as it heads past the object toward the concluding verb of each subordinate clause, as the sentence itself heads toward its ultimate semantic consummation
…as anything other than an indication of the differences between the Mitteleuropean will to ambiguity and the near-universal impatience of the present.
By Joshua Cohen September 2, 2020 https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2020/09/02/the-pleasures-and-punishments-of-reading-franz-kafka/