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A Certain Quality Of Communication

In-Shape Health Club, Napa, California, USA

August 3, 2022



This essay, A Certain Quality Of Communication, is the companion piece to I am indebted to Donovan Copley who inspired this conversation.



I've always loved our conversations. I've always loved being in conversation with her. There's a certain quality of communication which she brings to them that makes them worthwhile. For starters, she doesn't merely hear me. She listens  me. No, that's not a typo: I do mean "she listens me" not "she listens to  me". Oh, and she also doesn't merely talk. She speaks.

What are the differences? What's the difference between hearing and listening (and why is the latter so much more of a pleasure and a privilege to be in the orbit of, than the former)? And in that orbit, what's the difference between "she listens to me" and "she listens me"? And furthermore what's the difference between talking and speaking?

More than mere poetic license, in this inquiry I'm going to impose poetic arrogance  with the way I differentiate between these three pairs. Why? Because only the way I deploy the first one (hearing / listening) is colloquially agreed with by the dictionary. The colloquially agreed-with dictionary usage of the latter two (listens to / listens, talking / speaking) isn't congruent with the way I deploy them in languaging transformation. Personally I have no problem doing this. The dictionary wasn't written with languaging transformation in mind. So if there are distinctions I want to make which aren't congruent with the way the dictionary deploys them (or which don't appear in the dictionary at all) then I'll make up ones that work better.

That said, here's how I differentiate between each pair of the three:



1)  HEARING / LISTENING

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2)  LISTENS TO / LISTENS

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3)  TALKING / SPEAKING

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