[DWJ] losing words (was Tropes and other such)
rohina at shaw.ca
Thu Dec 7 16:18:52 EST 2006
I still love Suzette Haden Elgin's exploration of this in Native Tongue.
Roger Burton West wrote:
>On Thu, Dec 07, 2006 at 01:36:24PM +0000, Charles Butler wrote:
>>This is the so-called Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, isn't it?
>I think the strong form (that language absolutely constrains thought) is
>considered to be discredited these days; on the other hand it seems
>immediately obvious that language _guides_ thought, and that many people
>find it easier to fall into existing patterns of thought (constrained in
>part, but not only, by language) than to come up with something new.
>There is thus, I think, some worth in trying to maintain in circulation
>concepts and words which might otherwise fall into desuetude.
>On the "billion" question, I haven't yet had to get the idea across to
>anyone who didn't understand "ten to the ninth".
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