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“The Awful German Language” Mark Twain

“The Awful German Language” Mark Twain.

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“The Awful German Language” Mark Twain

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  1. “The Awful German Language”Mark Twain “Not another language that is so slipshod and systemless… A tree is male, its buds are female, its leaves are neuter; horses are sexless, dogs are male, cats are female… a person's mouth, neck, bosom, elbows, fingers, nails, feet, and body are of the male sex, and his head is male or neuter… all the women have either male heads or sexless ones; a person's nose, lips, shoulders, breast, hands, and toes are of the female sex…The inventor of the language probably got what he knew about a conscience from hearsay...Woman is a female; but a Wife (Weib) is not A Wife…has no sex; she is neuter; a fish is he, his scales are she, but a fishwife is neither.”

  2. Languages of OppressionDay 2

  3. Some History •  feature/target of 2nd Wave Movement • Examples:

  4. Sapir-Whorf Hypothesislinguistic relativity • Language (encodes cultural &cognitive categ’s)  diff’s in way we think • Think & behave depend on lang. • “We dissect nature along lines laid by our own language…the world is presented as a kaleidoscope flux of impressions which has to be organized by our minds—and this means largely by the linguistic systems in our minds.” (Whorf, 1956)

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