Date: Wed, 2 Nov 1994 02:00:00 LCL From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: Re: who is african american > I know that biologically speaking, there is no such thing as "race." > Is there a another use of the term "race" other than in bigotry (and > government)? This is a serious question -- no humor this time. > some physical anthropologists are interested in figuring out about "races"--but i believe their use of the term is somewhat different from the popular use, and their interests are often highjacked for political reasons. but, the relevant thing is that the caucasoid/mongoloid/negroid classification was only ever one of a number of conflicting theories, but it got popularized in a way that other theories (including that there's only one race) never did. the interest in physical anthropology is to trace the origins of the species. did anyone else see the program "ape man" on arts and entertainment network? (a friend sent me the one re: language.) it discussed the possibility that physical differences from the rest of humanity in europeans (protrusion of the nose, in particular) are partly accounted for by the hypothesis that homo-whatever (can't remember my ancestors' names) interbred with the neanderthals in europe (neanderthals have only been found in europe). this would, in part, account for the disappearance of neanderthals. and, of course, argues against nazi notions that the "aryans" are "pure". also gives me a whole new take on calling someone a neanderthal. lynne ______________________________________________________________________ M. Lynne Murphy e-mail: 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Lecturer, Dept. of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-8030 Johannesburg 2050 South Africa "Language without meaning is meaningless." --Roman Jakobson