What does it mean to ‘rethink’ something?


Rethink Speech aims to help our society to rethink its ‘common knowledge’ about speech.

But what exactly does that mean?

‘Rethinking’ is quite a popular concept these day, and you undoubtedly have a good understanding of it. But let’s run through a few key ideas about rethinking in general that are worth keeping in focus, before looking at what is involved in rethinking speech.

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What does it mean to ‘think about’ speech?

The first step in rethinking speech is to recognise what you currently think about speech. But what does it even mean to ‘think about’ speech?

Like many things to do with speech, it is easy to misunderstand

As usual, the first thing is to be clear on what this expression does not mean.

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Why speech?

Why is speech a topic to spend your energy on?

Here’s two huge reasons.

1. Speech comes into pretty much everything we do

Not just things that require talking to other people (though there’s that).

Most of what we call ‘thinking’ is really speaking silently to ourselves. Well, ok, maybe not always so silently.

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Who needs to rethink speech?

It’s easy to assume the false beliefs that Rethink Speech seeks to redress belong to ‘uneducated others’, but here’s the alarming thing: the more educated you are, the more likely you are to have very confident but very wrong beliefs about the nature of speech and how it works. Even if you have studied phonetics and learned that ‘common knowledge’ is inaccurate, you likely still have false beliefs about speech!

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