Re: Linguist's Of The Apocalypse, unite!

E. Shaun Russell (
Tue, 28 Jan 1997 15:25:53 -0800 (PST)

On 28/01/97, Lee wrote:

>English has served us adequately, but we can do much better. In
>particular, we can try to fix the well-known identifiable problems
>like sexism, unintentional ambiguity, poor adaptability to new
>concepts, cultural dependencies, and others. Whatever we create
>will no doubt evolve other problems--but we'll never find our way
>out of the maze until we free ourselves from the straitjacket first.

I'm afraid that this extends to be more of a pesky memetic problem
than one of linguistics. It is how people use the language...not the
language itself. Ask Eugene Leitl...he'll tell you that there are 'sexist'
words in Germany; likewise, Anders could tell you the same for the Swedish
language. Most words in *any* language are ambiguous, and thankfully so.
Ambiguity *increases* freedom of perception --it hones a language and gives
it character-- rather than illeviating such freedom. So before we try to
quell certain words in English (why am I reminded of "1984"?), we should
modify the perception. Personally, I have no qualms with the
life is based upon it! Enough rambling.

Ingredi Externus!

-E. Shaun Russell

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