Date: Thu, 7 Dec 1995 00:33:23 -0800
From: Rima & Kim McKinzey rkm[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SLIP.NET
Subject: Re: linguistic thinking
a constant danger, even for linguists, to get trapped in the Eurocentric
view of language as composed of atomic things called "words", and to think
other peoples and cultures less sophisticated because they don't have "a word"
for something. For one thing, they may have many words for aspects of a
phenomenon, and think English speakers less capable of precise thought because
we bumble along with a single gross category.
I've always thought that one of the joys of learning another language was
learning to think somewhat differently.