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What Makes Languages Change? How Culture Shapes Our Words
Q: When you say it doesn’t “borrow,” do you have an example?
A: The word they use for automobile means “that it has wrinkled feet,” which is, incidentally, an example of how the words you have reflect your culture. If you’re a tracker, you’re going to be noticing the tire tracks—the focus of that particular word. And the word for telephone means “you whisper into it.”
sally_thomason  interview  2016  2010s  theparisreview.org  language  ryan_bradley  montana  america  salish  linguist  linguistics  change  word  loanword  neologism  susquehannock  iroquois  genocide  killing  hebrew  jargon  society  slang  papua_new_guinea  dialect  phrase  translation  north_dakota  canada  cree  algonquin  native  french  michif  russia  multilingualism  aleut  trade  buin  gender  māori  hawaii  new_zealand 
january 2017 by cluebucket
The Gullah Geechee's fight against 'cultural genocide' - Al Jazeera English
"We're not shocked when African Americans, regular Americans, people from around the world say, 'We thought all black people in America lost all their cultural traditions,'" Goodwine says. She believes that perception arises from a systematic devaluation of black people, starting with slavery. "That was the plan: to programme you to believe you never had a culture, that you never came from rich kingdoms, from people who created math systems and science systems."
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"What you see when you come to Charleston is sweetgrass baskets. It's an easy sell. Anybody can sell that," he concludes. "But can you sell the pain? Do you want to tell that story? I think it needs to be told, but they don't want to tell it. They don't want to ruffle feathers."
aljazeera.com  2015  2010s  gullah_geechee  culture  genocide  allison_griner  queen_quet_marquetta_goodwine  america  nation  slavery  southern  africa  creole  rights  south_carolina  florida  north_carolina  island  brainwashing  racism  tradition  georgia  bridge  cornelia_bailey  population  housing  tax  benjamin_dennis_iv  tourism 
december 2015 by cluebucket

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