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. ;-)