Date: Mon, 15 Jan 1996 20:58:15 -0700 From: William King 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. Bill King SLAT program, University of Arizona