> Date: Wed, 9 Apr 1997 10:40:38 EDT
> From: Scott Robert Ladd <[log in to unmask]>
> But what good are food and music when you lose the language
As I said in another mail already, the same loss appears if you loose
only the recipies, but not the language. The culture is no longer the
same than before. Continuity is neither greater or less, if you loose
the language. If ma still knows how to cook the recipy, it is
completely unimportant if we still can read it, as long as she
teaches her children how to cook those things. And if the songs are
translated, they still can be sung, and most of their message will
continue. Such nuances which are lost in such a process could equally
well be lost due to changes in the people's mentality, or for
numerous other reasons. If you don't know what a grenade is it makes
no sense to sing about it, as no one will understand.
> When you lose a language, you lose an irreplaceable and intimate
That language is important for culture has been disputed by noone.
But to claim it is the central part is not justified if we look at
human history. A Culture can exist even though its members speak
multiple languages. A single language can be the basis of different
cultures. The logical consequence is that there is no direct
connection between language and culture.
RAY (Raimund Karl,University of Vienna,Dep.of Prehistory)
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