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Re: Sapir-WhorFreakiness

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Saturday, August 21, 2004, 16:28
Quoting "Mark P. Line" <mark@...>:

> John Cowan said: > > Mark P. Line scripsit: > > > >> A genetic defect is one possibility, I suppose. Perhaps something very > >> odd > >> happened during the evolution of this language. (I dunno, pidginization > >> followed by stunted creolization, with lexifiers and substrates all lost > >> in the meantime. Or something. *shrug*) > > > > Well, that itself would be informative: it would bash whatever remains > > of the Bickerton bioprogram into a bloody pulp. > > Absolutely. And it couldn't happen to a nicer bioprogram.
What's a bioprogram, anyway? (Besides Swedish for a list of when which movies are shown at a cinema.)
> >> Alternatively, maybe there is an additional cultural constraint that > >> cannot, due to its nature, be discovered by outsiders: "Don't talk > >> straight with outsiders." > > > > That was my first thought. But how could they be so consistent, > > including even the children? I'd rather believe in a pervasive > > genetic defect than a pervasive conspiracy. > > There is no conspiracy underlying the refusal of Americans (including > American children) to eat horse meat.
That's not really parallel, tho; to be parallel, you'd have a situation where Americans do eat horse meat*, but only when they're certain no furriners will learn of it. That seems decidely unlikely, altho I for obvious reasons cannot rule it out that it's actually the case. * Given a few of the things I've found horse meat in, and the frequency with which I pay much attention to the exact contents of meat products, I would not be particularly surprised to learn that millions of Americans do consume horse meat without being aware of it. Andreas


Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>CHAT Horsefeathers (was: Re: Sapir-WhorFreakiness)
Mark P. Line <mark@...>