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meaning what you mean

Do I know you mean what you mean? If a person thinks in one language, they think one way; in another language another way. At least that is what Benjamin Lee Whorf said, who explained why a person’s thought is … Continue reading

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views from babel

Is the gift of languages a dubious blessing? Can we escape being defined by our dialect? … To be born to a single language. To speak, work and live within one serviceable tongue. After all, with foreign languages, the differences … Continue reading

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prisoner of the tongue

Do I know you mean what you mean? If people think in one language, they think a given way; and in another language then another way. Or at least so thought Benjamin Lee Whorf, who asserted that our thought is … Continue reading

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snow job

An urban hoax.That is that the Inuit and Northern people’s have 50-200 words to describe snow. As if there is an innate need to exoticize the other. Rather mundanely, and with some relief there is only “qanik” and “aput”; snow … Continue reading

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