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Re : Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis

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Date:Friday, October 15, 1999, 17:33
Dans un courrier dat=E9 du 14/10/99 23:47:14  , wwang a =E9crit :

> I know there are people, and some on this list, who do claim to feel > differently when they speak one language rather than another. Any > thoughts? Do these feelings stem from the language itself, and how one > expresses one's self in it, or is it due to being in a different social > environment? Anyway, hope I haven't rambled on too long. > =20 > -Weiben Wang >
i agree with you 100%. i think a different cultural background makes you think different, but a different language doesn't. however, i also feel that "root words" cover different concepts depending on languages. you can always derive or combine them to produce universal concepts any earthling understands but the original word stocks are different. in other words, the classification of items-in-the-world=20 differs from one lang to another. and i think this is still overlooked. mathias