Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Time and Language

fayanora pointed me to this interesting article about expressions of time in the Amondawa language.  The language doesn't seem to refer to time in the abstract, to name periods of time such as months or years, or to speak of events as placed in time.  The speakers can, however, pick up those concepts when learning another language such as Portuguese.

While other people are arguing over how accurate or not the current description is, I'm thinking, why don't we just encourage one of the bilingual folks to take up linguistics?  Because they're going to know better than any outsider how their language and culture actually do frame things.
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