Summary of Chapter 12 in “The Third Ear”

The advantage of adults is that we can carve up reality into very different sized pieces with our life experience. There are large aggregates and small aggregates,which contain various nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, etc.

The author classifies such words that connect or modify nouns and verbs as “glue words”, which including six categories: “descriptors “,”connectors “,”questions “,”modals”,”markers “and”references “.

The “glue words”in the language are our skeleton keys and it is an important tool that must be mastered. It can help us communicate effectively and have the opportunity to get feedback and learn new words.
In addition, using representative words from a chunked group can also help us gain feedback and opportunities to identify new patterns.