Friday, May 09, 2003 :::
::: posted by Joel at 8:10 AM
Thursday, May 08, 2003 ::: Holmey
The latest HolQeD came yesterday (Klingon Language Institute Journal).
In an editorial, the head of the KLI remarked how he was interviewed
recently and got the usual "why study Klingon" (i.e. why waste time on an
imaginary language). He got ready to launch into his regular spiel about
the values of studying an artifical language, then just said: "do you
speak any other languages?" No.
He goes on to say:
"I haven't revealed a great truth here; this is all pretty basic and
obvious stuff. And that's the problem. It's so basic, so fundamental, we
overlook it. I can't help but wonder how different the political scene
might be if our prevailing cultural zeitqeist didn't include this massive
monolingual handicap, and if we daily confronted linguistic concepts and
forms that were alien to us, so that in the process of comprehending them
we gained insight into our own structures, and pehaps into the way others
grappling with them - and us - perceived as well."
::: posted by Joel at 11:23 AM