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Anonymous said: does it mean anything when people say things like 'english only has one word for love, sanskrit has over 90, the english language is restrictive'?? and that whole thing with eskimos having 30 words for snow and us only one. is that accurate?? does it mean anything if we don't have as many words to describe something??
Brace yourself; this answer is long.
I also wanted to add that I LOVE ANSWERING LINGUISTICS QUESTIONS I WILL ANSWER THEM ALL DAMN DAY LONG.
After I wrote this this morning (at a linguistics event I’ve been running haha), I thought that some context might be useful since, like any science, there are differences of opinion. So, when I answer something, I am answering from a very specific point of view and paradigm.
I work with endangered languages and the people who speak them, and I am often concerned with the lack of prestige and lack of knowledge about these languages and these peoples. There are prevailing cultural notions that there exists ‘primitive’ peoples and their language is equally as primitive. My goal is to dispel the myth that there are more advanced or less advanced languages. Languages do differ and the differences are what make linguistics fun, but many of us work under the assumption that there is a finite number of differences.
For example, I am phonologist, which means I work with sounds and sound systems. There is a finite number of sounds that function linguistically in the world. Every language has it’s own sound inventory, but those sounds are not only found in that one language.
Similarly, we find processes* reoccurring in language after language so that we can classify even the most geographically distant languages into the same categories based on case marking or word order or what they do with their wh-words** or tone or whatever.
I also believe that my work doesn’t just exist in a vacuum. Linguists who work with endangered languages must walk a fine line between pure, theoretical research and giving something back to a people who have been traditionally exploited. While the biggest part of that is documenting the language, also advocating for the language, its people, and indigenous peoples in general is also helpful***.
So, please send me more linguistics asks; I can write up answers until my fingers fall off. But also, don’t necessarily take my word as The Truth of the field of linguistics. If you want to learn more about something, I’m happy to provide an explanation (peppered of course with my academic opinions :D) and then point you in the right direction to read even more.
*Or constraints if you do Optimality Theory, which even argues that there only exists a certain number of constraints in all the worlds languages, and variation is due only to differences in constraint ranking.
**Who, what, where, why, how.
***Though I also, as a white person, have to not come off like a White Savior. This can generally be avoided by building meaningful relationships with the community and giving back as much as you’re getting out.
There are over 526 million black women in the world, all with different appearances, and your racist ass is going to say not liking black women is a ‘preference’, when the only damn thing they all got in common physically is their blackness? Sure, honey.
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