Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to enter space, is a doctor and an avid dancer. In this 2002 TED talk she calls for the U.S. to reintegrate science and art instruction. Art, she says, cannot simply be creative without being analytical. Science cannot be analytical without being creative. The link doesn’t specifically address language, but language seems to be a perfect example of the sort of phenomenon we wouldn’t be able to understand without both artistic and scientific approaches.