Date: Wed, 9 Nov 1994 09:53:12 CST From: salikoko mufwene Subject: Re: pronoun systems, Putnam/Plato essences, haptic perception In Message Tue, 8 Nov 1994 12:13:06 -0800, Dan Alford writes: > Your pre-Euro- >influenced indigenous mind will probably enjoy it.) > > -- Moonhawk (%->) I suppose I should be fair and give you a chance to save face, because I could take offense at this characterization. So let me say I cannot interpret your use of "indigenous" in this context, because what you discuss has nothing to do with my personal cultural background or my native land, and I happen to live as an expatriate now in what I take to be YOUR country. So in a way, you could be characterized as indigenous, if this term is used objectively! Neither do I see a chronological order between my mental development and that of people of European descent. This reflects how I am invited to interpret your "pre-Euro-influenced ... mind." Maybe I should ignore it all? Sali. Salikoko S. Mufwene University of Chicago Dept. of Linguistics 1010 East 59th Street Chicago, IL 60637 s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 312-702-8531; fax: 312-702-9861