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FLAMEBAIT: Fireman at work

From:Remi Villatel <maxilys@...>
Date:Saturday, May 14, 2005, 11:51
J. 'Mach' Wust wrote:

>>>I've always believed that a language influences your tought. Another >>>writing system, in particular if it's as special as a 2dWS would be much like an >>>another language. Sapir-Worf and so on...
>>Sapir-Worf could not possibly be true. If it were, we'd still be banging >>rocks together, if that.
> Neither this nor that. I don't believe that there are fundamental > differences in thinking depending on different languages. But I do believe > that language has an influence on though. A Frenchman, for instance, would > be more prone to associate the concepts of "mother" and "sea" than an > Englishman, since they are homophonous in his language. Similar differences > (in ease of association) arise from grammatical categories as well, think of > a language that distinguishes inclusive and exclusive 1st singular plural > and another that doesn't.
First, it's Whorf with an "h". Worf without "h" is a Star Trek character. Second, I remove the words "Sapir-Whorf" from my post. I only agree with the mildest parts of Whorf's work which states an *influence* of language over thought. The only theory with which I fully agree is Villatel's theory on language and thought... mine! ;-) The paper is still to be written so I won't say a word. Dismiss! The war is over. ;-) -- ================== Remi Villatel ==================