Date: Thu, 7 Dec 1995 00:33:23 -0800 From: Rima & Kim McKinzey Subject: Re: linguistic thinking There is >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. Rima