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Re: Vance's Paonese.

From:Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Date:Thursday, March 15, 2007, 18:28
On 3/15/07, <MorphemeAddict@...> wrote:
> In a message dated 3/15/2007 2:49:52 AM Central Daylight Time, > lars.finsen@ORTYGIA.NO writes:
> > I suppose one or two here must have noticed Jack Vance. I just > > finished rereading his Languages of Pao, which took on a new flavour > > in view of my recent conlanging activity. In it, he endorses the view > > that the attitudes and behaviour of people are results of or > > influenced by the characteristics of their language rather than the > > other way around
> I read that long ago, and I wish I could get a copy. shows a lot of copies available.
> You're describing the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.
Yes, _The Languages of Pao_ is probably the quintessential Sapir-Whorf story. Delany's _Babel-17_ also deal with conlangs designed to influence people's thinking, if I recall correctly; and Ian Watson's _The Embedding_ involves an experiment in teaching exotic conlangs to groups of orphans to see what effect they have on their thinking. -- Jim Henry