Date: Mon, 15 Jan 1996 20:58:15 -0700
From: William King WFKING[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CCIT.ARIZONA.EDU
Subject: Re: myths about language
Since I only have the 3rd ed. of __Language: Introductory Readings__, I
don't know whether the list includes the notion that Eskimos have 100 or
500 words for snow.
A more controversial one, at least among writing instructors, is
that writing is the same as thinking, or, to the extreme, that only
verbalized thinking counts as real thinking.
Finally, there is a widespread belief that writing in Japanese
and Chinese would be much, much easier if they'd only get rid of those
characters. A newspaper column called __Ask Cecil__ suggested that
typing in Japanese must be nearly impossible, although the truth is that
modern technology changed this a while back.
SLAT program, University of Arizona