Language and Culture: 1

Languages have a lot of words for the things they need to do… maybe…Languages have a lot of words for the things they need to do… maybe…

The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, languages and perception, national languages.


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Martí, F. (2005) Words and worlds: World languages review. Multilingual Matters.

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Tracing the origins of some Asian languages (Nov 2021)…

Nov 2019 news article about the French Academy’s effort to control the use of Franglais’ (French-English mixed words). Mentions the Toubon Law’ which affects how language is used in the mass media etc in France.

2019 was the Year of Indigenous Languages’, many of which are under threat…

A trip to Italy, where people speak….Greek?

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