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Linguistic Intelligence

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The ability to use language to codify and remember information; to communicate, explain and convince.








Radio & TV.


Library & information service.

Call centre.





Technical writer (if also logical)






Good communicator.


Possesses a wide vocabulary and is "good with words".


Listens carefully and speaks fluently.


Skilled at reading and writing, teaching and storytelling.


Fascination with words, their meanings and derivation.


Makes puns.





O'Connor and Hermelin reported on an un-named young man (with an IQ of about 75) who was able to translate texts in French, German & Spanish and answer simple questions in Russian, Greek & Hindi.


Dr J Langdon Down (who coined the term idiot savant) described how one of his patients memorised the entire text of Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire after a single reading.


William Shakespeare (English dramatist & poet)


Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (Russian writer)


Ludwig Wittgenstein (Austrian philosopher)


Jesus of Nazareth


Herbert George Wells (English novelist)


Clive James (author and interviewer).


George Bernard Shaw (Irish dramatist, novelist & journalist).


Ben Elton (Comedian and writer)




Write summaries of each study topic.


Highlight or underline keywords in your notes.


Record main points on cassette and listen to these frequently.


Use an acrostic-based memory system.






Writing poems or stories.




Listening to radio.


Word-puzzles (crosswords, Scrabble, Upwords)





Tell stories, jokes and anecdotes.


Play memory games.


Buy a book of word games (anagrams, acrostics, etc.) and experiment with them.


Learn (and use!) a new word every day.


Listen carefully for similes, metaphors, amusing turns of phrase and oxymorons (verbal contradictions).


Listen to talk-radio more often - and "join in" by expressing your own point of view.


Talk to people.




Noam Chomsky claims that we are born with an innate knowledge about the form and rules of language. It is interesting that children learn how to speak with no formal tuition, often applying "the rules" in anomalous and amusing fashion (e.g. "I runned away")


Conceptualisation (the way that our brain makes sense of the world) is predominantly a linguistic phenomenon.


Language skills are located in the left side of the brain. Specifically, Broca's area deals with grammar and fluency; Wernicke's area deals with sense and understanding.


There is evidence to suggest that specific categories of words (nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.) are "stored" in separate locations within the brain.


Oriental languages that are written using pictograms engage left and right sides of the brain - and lead to a more holistic kind of intelligence.