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Re: THEORY: language and philosophy [was Re: A question and

From:Andy Canivet <cathode_ray00@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 18, 2002, 1:12
>From: John Cowan <jcowan@...> >Andy Canivet scripsit: > > > As for terms of address, pronouns and such - I aglso > > agree. These terms refer to relationships between people, and only the >mgost > > relevant difference or relationship will be worthy of it's own >linguistic > > reflection; so kinship terms on the basis of faith would seem pretty > > bizarre. > >Not altogether. English has "godfather" and "godmother", but no terms for >"two people of whom one is the father/mother, one is the godfather/mother >of a specific person" (Sp. "copadres/comadres") still less for "the >social institution consisting of overlapping family relationships based >on godparentship" (Sp. "compadrazgo"). >
This is true :) Although there aren't really any terms that define a relationship on the basis between a difference in faith, which is mainly what I was getting at. In other words, I call you my brother or my boss, indicating family ties or status in an organization, but there is no pronoun (well, not in English, not yet anyhow) to indicate that I am a Christian and you are a Buddhist, or that you are a firm believer in Hegelian philosophy while I subscribe to British Empiricism. Andy _________________________________________________________________ Join the world’s largest e-mail service with MSN Hotmail.