Ok, now I understand my confusion. Actually its the confusion of
Culture vs. culture. Are we talking the Culture of a society (arts,
literature, etc.) or the culture of a society (knowledge that is learned,
shared, and used by people to interpret experience and generate behavior)
--ie, that which generates Culture (arts etc.). Are we talking about
Celtic languages generating Celtic Art (Culture) or generating Celtic
culture (a Whorfian sort of concept?)? Or both?
I vote for culture being the heart of any society, since it generates
Culture. As for language, well it helps to express culture and Culture.
Maybe I'm getting too anthropological here. Maybe I just need more poetry.
But if we are talking soul of society as Culture of society, then don't
we need all the elements: music, visual arts, oral arts, dance etc? Of
which language is a part. I think Gaelic language is what makes Celtic
music so unique, with its own lilt, and form of performance. Which is
affected by which though. Does the visual arts and oral arts affect
each other simultaneously. Does the complex knotwork of Celtic art
have a relationship to language, poetry and music -- or vice versa.
Angela, isn't this your area of expertise? Or someone else who knows
more about ethnolinguistics than I do. I know the controversies on
Sapir Whorf. Does this apply.
At 08:59 AM 2/25/96 -0500, you wrote:
>All together now....
> I remember one of the original quotes from Focal an Lae..."A land without a
>language is a land without a soul."... that strikes me the hardest in this
> strand of letters....
>and it's expression via music...instrumental and sung is the best way I
>understand the shades of meaning from a culture... AND... the food tells me
>more about what vegetation.exists,what animals are hunted , and which their
> styles of preparation a people has devised than what their "soul" or
>culture is about.
> Just think about the sound of the Harp playing an O'Carolan air... or a
>group of Tibetan lamas chanting... or the sound of the highland bagpipes...
>now THAT"s CULTURE!
> As always...Kathleen