Date: Thu, 7 Dec 1995 10:19:00 -0800
From: "Sheridan, Kathleen" K.SHERIDAN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CGNET.COM
Subject: Re: Language and Intelligence
I think that people who have no ability to speak might be considered dumb.
I assume this was a joke. People who cannot speak ARE "dumb" according to the
strict meaning of the word: "Lacking the power of speech" (Webster's).
However, this has made me think of my situation, where I am living in the
Netherlands and often find myself in groups of people who are speaking Dutch.
I can understand a good bit now, but because I don't use it often, I have
some trouble speaking it myself. What I have discovered is that people tend
to treat me as though I'm retarded in some way. If someone starts to speak to
me in English and we have a normal conversation, I can immediately see the
difference in the way they interact with me--sometimes they even look
surprised when they realize that I can discuss things normally.
k.sheridan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]cgnet.com