Somewhere I’ve read that gesture and language light up the same area of the brain which led me to “The Development of Thinking and Reasoning” ed. Pierre Barrouillet and Caroline Gauffroy Psychology Press 2013 where I found something interesting:
“However, much of modern life involves systems that lie well beyond one’s individual context. In these circumstances, inferential strategies that essentially rely on individual knowledge and experience can lead to very misleading conclusions. In the absence of specific experience and knowledge, abstract reasoning can potentially allow someone to evaluate the validity of inferences by being able to understand the logical structure of the relationships in question. In fact, of course, this kind of reasoning is what has allowed the construction of fields of knowledge which lie well beyond human experience and action.”
This suggests to me that text is vital for storing and explaining things outside of human experience like quantum physics. But this works on the assumption that orality is simplistic and a tale of direct experience and subjectivity with not ability to see or build into the absract universe.
Back on task:
10 The Mirror System, Imitation, and the Evolution of Language by Michael A. Arbib http://books.google.ca/books?hl=en&lr=&id=uJTc5wlAYAUC&oi=fnd&pg=PA229&dq=%22Gesture+and+the+Nature+of+Language%22&ots=-ccu7ywKaB&sig=5A-RLW8OhZE7TOEgAQRTnpCedkc#v=onepage&q=%22Gesture%20and%20the%20Nature%20of%20Language%22&f=false
“Imitation involves, in part, seeing the instructor’s dance as a set of familiar movements of shoulders, arms, hands, belly and legs. Many constituents are variants of familiar actions, rather than familiar actions themselves. Thus, one must not only observe actions and their composition, but also the novelties in the constituents and their variations. One must also perceive the overlapping and sequencing of all these moves and then remember the “coordinated control program” so constructed. Probably, memory and perception are intertwined.
As the dancers perform, they both act out the recalled coordinated control program and tune it. By observing other dancers and synchronizing with their neighbours and the insistant percussion of the drummers, they achieve a collective representation that tunes their own, possibly departing from the instructor’s original. At the same time, some dancers seem more or less skilled—some will omit a movement, or simplify it, others may replace it with their imagined equivalent.”
End: Imitation as listening > Listening as orality > Imitation and language are bound by gesture > Knowing as repeating at a gut level—subjectively translated and consumed by the receiver > To “immitate” in text is to copy that which isn’t yours to copy so you are unable to truely “know” it?