Is language oppressing us? 18 replies

  • 1
  • 2

Please wait...

SeinfeldisKindaOk

5.56 smoke Haji every day

55 XP

18th July 2008

0 Uploads

8,397 Posts

0 Threads

#1 8 years ago

Many of us have at least dabbled in other languages. One thing many people notice is that there are some words from other languages that are better for expressing a certain idea.

In the book 1984 the powers that be were eliminating as many words as possible so that the people would not have the means to express themselves.

This points to the possibility that we may be limited or influenced by our language. Since language in many ways shapes our very worldview we may be being coerced without knowing it.

As a response to this we have options. Multi-lingualism is one option, for knowing multiple languages allows us to step beyond our oppressors reach to access ideas in the words of others.

Another option is to create new words in our own language. A guerilla tactic to evade the dominant power structure by developing a new vocabulary. We can pass it off as slang which is often derided as nonsense and thus ignored. This will allow us to develop a vocabulary of emancipatory words while hiding (metaphorically) in plain sight (much as the Brazilian slaves developed the Capoiera by masquerading it as a harmless dance).

Should not the first word be "Farzlepot"? And should not the next few words be "I miss Mr. Matt"?




redgroupclan

is gay.

50 XP

16th August 2008

0 Uploads

15,616 Posts

0 Threads

#2 8 years ago

tl;dr




SeinfeldisKindaOk

5.56 smoke Haji every day

55 XP

18th July 2008

0 Uploads

8,397 Posts

0 Threads

#3 8 years ago

Really? I feel like it was my best.




Crazy Wolf VIP Member

Snipes With Artillery

277,420 XP

22nd March 2005

0 Uploads

27,192 Posts

0 Threads

#4 8 years ago

I agree.




Guest

I didn't make it!

0 XP

 
#5 8 years ago

I'm inclined to agree, but my agreeance is in disagreament.




Guest

I didn't make it!

0 XP

 
#6 8 years ago

Professor Dr. Scientist;5414869Many of us have at least dabbled in other languages. One thing many people notice is that there are some words from other languages that are better for expressing a certain idea.

In the book 1984 the powers that be were eliminating as many words as possible so that the people would not have the means to express themselves.

This points to the possibility that we may be limited or influenced by our language. Since language in many ways shapes our very worldview we may be being coerced without knowing it.

As a response to this we have options. Multi-lingualism is one option, for knowing multiple languages allows us to step beyond our oppressors reach to access ideas in the words of others.

Another option is to create new words in our own language. A guerilla tactic to evade the dominant power structure by developing a new vocabulary. We can pass it off as slang which is often derided as nonsense and thus ignored. This will allow us to develop a vocabulary of emancipatory words while hiding (metaphorically) in plain sight (much as the Brazilian slaves developed the Capoiera by masquerading it as a harmless dance).

Should not the first word be "Farzlepot"? And should not the next few words be "I miss Mr. Matt"?

i do belive so i think we sould have a universal language that differs slightly between nation to nation




Crazy Wolf VIP Member

Snipes With Artillery

277,420 XP

22nd March 2005

0 Uploads

27,192 Posts

0 Threads

#7 8 years ago

You know nothing of Farzlepot.




Guest

I didn't make it!

0 XP

 
#8 8 years ago
Crazy Wolf;5415063You know nothing of Farzlepot.

and you know nothing of the universal language of esperado

(look it up its a real language!)




Museum

the operator

50 XP

28th October 2005

0 Uploads

10,069 Posts

0 Threads

#9 8 years ago

it's Esperanto.




Guest

I didn't make it!

0 XP

 
#10 8 years ago
Muse Syndrome;5415234it's Esperanto.

Oops! But i got i wrong on the spelling, and right on the meaning, so it's a stalemate post don't you think?




  • 1
  • 2