17.3797, Disc: Language and Environment

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LINGUIST List: Vol-17-3797. Fri Dec 22 2006. ISSN: 1068 - 4875.

Subject: 17.3797, Disc: Language and Environment

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Date: 15-Dec-2006
From: Louis Hillman < lhillman at brockport.edu >
Subject: Language and Environment 

	
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Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 11:37:17
From: Louis Hillman < lhillman at brockport.edu >
Subject: Language and Environment 
 


On December 14th, on National Public Radio, I heard an essay by Andre
Codrescu about translation. Here is a link:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6626808

If anyone else heard it, I would be interested in your reaction to it. 

I was astonished to hear Codrescu claim that the physical environment in
which humans live was at least partially responsible for their language. I
remember some 45 years ago reading a similar statement about the emergence
of the dialect of South African English, in which it was claimed that the
difference between that dialect and Received Pronunciation in England was
caused by the hotter climate of South Africa.

What have our colleagues in in other academic disciplines learned about
language? 


Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics




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