19 Feb '12, 3am

By writer Wan A. Hulaimi When language hinders thought

By writer Wan A. Hulaimi When language hinders thought

“I am not making an argument in favour of one language or another but simply pointing out the absurdity of some of the arguments abroad”.-Wan A. Hulaimi LANGUAGE is capable of turning up the heat, even among the mildest in the crowd. I get emails from Chong, Ramasamy and sometimes Daud bemoaning the loss, not of money, but understanding. We are instructed in this subject in Malay and I feel sorry for the students because they will have difficulty understanding certain concepts. The thinking here seems to be that some languages are superior to others and that only in certain languages can certain thoughts be expressed. This is akin to the French saying that the only language for diplomacy is theirs. I do agree that certain languages have better sonority over others, and therefore may be better suited for purpose. Make love in Spanish, court in French and swear in German. Yo...

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