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The Language Hoax: An interesting lecture I watched on YouTube

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I was listening to a lecture on linguistics over the weekend that I found quite interesting. Being a flat out layman in the field, I thought other non-linguists with an interest in the field may also enjoy the lecture. The link to it on YouTube is here:

https://youtu.be/yXBQrz_b-Ng

9/25/2017, 11:49:36 AM

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https://www.duolingo.com/CarlosLM.
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After watching the lecture, I think that no language in the world limits you permanently in any way, and if necessity arises, you create a jargon in that language and you can express all what you want.

9/25/2017, 7:42:52 PM

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Language hoax? What is the video about?

9/25/2017, 1:31:14 PM

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The lecturerer talks about a lot of misconceptions that have come about regarding language reflecting culture or vis versa. Even this layman understood him and enjoyed it.

9/25/2017, 3:26:05 PM

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All the funny differences between the many languages.

9/25/2017, 3:37:26 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Arthurva
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Thanks!

9/26/2017, 4:35:24 AM

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Great intro to the book. Thanks for providing the link!

9/25/2017, 1:50:51 PM

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I've gotten the video up and I've watched a few minutes of it. But, I have to finish it later because I'm short on time. I wanted to say a thing though, just in case I get caught up and forget to come back to this discussion and that video. The Sapir-Wharf Hypothesis the speaker talks about wasn't a hoax. People rightly challenged their hypothesis, yes. It's pronouncements overreached the scope of language's direct influence. However, like many theories, parts of it have merit. So, tossing 100% of it into the rubbish bin would be a tragic loss to the linguistics community and everyone else who could benefit from knowing more about how language and people influence each other.

A while back, I created a discussion titled How languages shape the way we think. There is a reason languages change over time. There is indeed a reciprocal impact between language and culture. However, there isn't a "magic bullet". That is to say, people don't encounter one, standalone word and automatically we are robots programmed by it or see a different color green.

Maybe the video already covered what I've wanted to say. I'm looking forward to watching the rest of it. But, I wanted to stress that I dont' advise over correcting from "Sapir-Whorf was 100% right to" "Sapir-Whorf was 100% garbage." Language matters and we should do both: use it mindfully and stay curious about what we can do with it.

9/26/2017, 9:57:06 PM

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*I watched the video and found it pretty interesting too, including the Dippity- Do/ Nivea / drops / clumps experiment that asked American children and Japanese children to choose which 2 were related. -- Thanks for sharing.

9/26/2017, 1:03:28 AM
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