I discovered my favorite intellectual question at age three: is language necessary to thought, that is, must one have language in order to have thought, or can thought precede language? I wanted to believe that thought came first, but my observations indicated that language so strongly informed thought, that what preceded language might not be classifiable as thought but as sensation and intuition.
I went into literature because this was the university curriculum which would permit me to advance the furthest in language acquisition. I have sometimes wondered whether this is the right field for me, given my practical skills, my activist bent, and my logical and sociological orientation. I have decided that it is because I get to live in departments where people can think metaphorically, whereas in other departments many people cannot.