Thursday, March 30, 2006

Some languages do not have a word for emotion




This little post

Linguistics and the Experience of Emotions


in Into the Void, is enlightening and at the same time puzzling. Why one culture can create so many shades of meaning for a word, while another be so restrictive, is not clear. Surely Tahitian has as as rich an emotional life as Englishmen with their massive vocab, and why have Eskimos got many words for snow?


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