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Zwichenzug

an in-between move

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I mean, thanks for dropping by my little corner of the blogospheric backwaters, but the blog you should be reading is The Bellman. The stuff I post there is much, much less likely to be imbued with dormitive powers.

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Zwischenzug
[German, from zwischen, intermediate + zug, move

n.
Literally an "in-between move". A move in a tactical sequence is called a zwischenzug* when it does not relate directly to the tactical motif in operation. |source|


image copyright TWIC

From this position, black played a zwischenzug: 19…d5
Adams-Kasparov
(Linares 2002, 1-0)

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David Rowland studies philosophy at the University of Illinois - Urbana / Champaign, where he's an active member of the Graduate Employees Organization. He used to play a lot of chess, but wasn't all that good. He has a blog. And email.

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Sunday, December 05, 2004

 
As formulated by Stuart Chase, the two main theses of the linguistic work of Benjamin Lee Whorf are:
  1. All higher levels of thinking are dependent on language.
  2. The structure of the language one habitually uses influences the manner in which one understands his environment. The picture of the universe shifts from tongue to tongue.
These claims are undoubtably less shocking and controversial now than they were when Whorf began making them in the 1930s. Neither, though, are they so well established that they can be casually asserted without argument.

As to 1, Chase's formulation might seem to be worryingly tautological. The threatened difficulty has to do with how we make the distinction between 'higher levels of thinking' and other cognitive processes. Probably what we will appeal to are such things as reason, logic, mathematics, and so on. Since these are linguistic activities, it's really no surprise that they would be dependent on language. Whorf's point, though, has to do with the kind of connection that these activities have to the world. That is, it has to do with how strongly the world constrains the content of linguisic expressions. Whorf's method of supporting it was admirably empirical. For example, he sought to devise methodologies for mapping connections between ideas with the aim of showing that different linguistic commitments would yield different sets of connection, and therefore different chains of reasoning, and so different theories of the world. This strikes me as a reasonable and fruitful procedure, but it would show rather less than is claimed by Chase's formulation of the thesis.


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