Limiting Language LO6255

Dr. Ivan Blanco (BLANCO@BU4090.BARRY.EDU)
Wed, 27 Mar 1996 9:25:08 -0500 (EST)

Replying to LO5972 --

> From:
> Date: Sun, 3 Mar 1996 20:48:24 -0500
> Summary:
> == limiting language and where it comes from
> == do words force fragmentation?
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> For example, in my homeland of Jamaica it's not uncommon to ask someone
> "How's every (little) thing?" or "Is everything alright?", whereas here in
> the US the more common question is "How are YOU?" In Jamaica, the
> question is meant to be far more inclusive than "How are you?"
> Will you think of a question and an answer that is given by the
> distinction "interconnectedness" and then let us know what you came up
> with?
> --------------------------------------------
> Maybe it's not that the language itself that is limiting, in terms of it
> being the cause of the limitation. Maybe it's a missing distinction, and the
> prevailing language is a perfect reflection of the prevailing distinctions.
> If so, there's hope!
> Francis

I agree with Francis in that there is something more than
language. it took me a little while to get used to being asked "How are
you?" by people who did not really wanted to know how I was. When you ask
someone in Venezuela "How Are You?", you must be ready to listen to how
that person is, what has been happening, etc. Over there, you say "Hola"
(High), and that can be answered by just waving your hand at the person.
One doesn't even need to say anything. There are some other cultural
habits, beliefs, etc. that would contribute to the fragmentation and

-- Ivan,


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