kvt at husc.harvard.edu
Thu Feb 13 17:18:34 UTC 1997
Friends, and Mark: Sorry if what I said seemed obscure.
To respond, (1)A "flame" is an ad hominem attack, in
vocabulary, and I seem to remember ad hominem attacks
on Victor Golla and
Benjamin Lee Whorf in Marks's messages.
(2) The term for what I said about a
linguist becoming a native
speaker is "metaphor". I thought the context made
this clear, if not, I
My intention, reiterated in another message to the
today, was to bring the discussion back to substance,
bibliographical suggestions. Mark has suggested that
he can give a
substantive exposition of his position beyond ad
hominem attacks and
attempts to be funny, and I hope he will! Yours, kvt
On Wed, 12 Feb 1997, Mark P. Line wrote:
> Karl Teeter wrote:
> > We certainly seem to be getting into strange territory in this
> > discussion of fieldwork, ranging from flames (which have no place on
> > this list, Mark)
> Whom do you believe I flamed on this list? And have you chosen to believe
> not only that I have been flaming somebody, but that I am the only person
> here who (ostensibly) does so -- or why else did you choose to single me
> out by name?
> > to all this about how you've got to actually live in the
> > community to do it, which is nonsense.
> You're entitled to your opinion, as we all are.
> > But happily, serious field research is
> > possible without becoming a native speaker and without living in the
> > community.
> How does a linguist "become a native speaker" of the language she's
> > Some go out into the "bush" and some do not, but the former
> > does not guarantee their success nor the latter their failure. Let us
> > see if we can't talk about field work without this irrelevance.
> First, we would have to agree that it's really irrelevant as you claim. We
> don't, and probably won't.
> -- Mark
> (Mark P. Line ---- Bellevue, Washington ---- mline at ix.netcom.com)
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