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Exercises

1—5 These exercises are all designed to help students experience what I have called

the "somatics" of language: the fact that we store the meanings of words,

phrases, registers, and so on in our bodies, in our autonomic nervous systems,

and that our bodies continue to signal to us throughout our lives how and what

we are going to mean by those things (Robinson 1991). This means

simultaneously that the meanings of "dog" and "cat," taboo words, lower-class

words and phrases, baby talk, foreigner talk, and shaming words will all have

been shaped powerfully by our speech communities, and thus regulated in

collective ways (this is what I call "ideosomatics"); and that those meanings

will have acquired more peripheral idiosyncratic ("idiosomatic") meanings as

well, through the personal experiential channels by which they reached us

(specific dogs and cats, our parents' and teachers' and other adults' attitudes

toward swearing and lower-class language, etc.).

All five exercises are typically very enjoyable for students. All five can

usually be done in a single hour-long class session.