This is an account of a session I ran at NLP South in July 2011. Their theme for the year is "The Map is Not the Territory" - and I decided that a nominalisation is a good example of this...
We started with the ‘five senses’ activity devised by Caitlin Walker, exploring differences in people’s perceptions of the following: see an elephant; hear an alarm; smell smoke; taste a lemon; feel velvet
Elephant, alarm, smoke, lemon and velvet are all nouns. They are things we can sense – see, hear, smell, taste, feel. Each of them can be put into a wheelbarrow. And yet our experiences of these things are all different, and so our representations of them are all different. And not only that, the way we make those representations differs too.
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