The Effect of Language

The Effect of Language

I sometimes wonder how one’s language effects the way one thinks. This article about German compared to English humor gave me some insight.

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  1. Novel 17 years ago

    The British comedian Stephen Fry had a sketch about whether the didactic quality of German allowed for the rise of Fascism more easily than in England because of the inherent ironical tone of English.

    I wonder about language too—if words are, to paraphrase James Baldwin, translations of translations even when speaking the same language then is it ever possible to truly think in a language you did not learn as a child.

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