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March 25, 2005

Breaking the Link Between English, Values

Mike Guest's latest Indirectly Speaking column in today's Daily Yomiuri is an interesting challenge to the widely-held view that language is inextricably bound up with culture. English, with its clear-cut sentence subjects, is often thought of as being tied to a self-centered world view. Japanese, in comparison, is much more vague and subjects and pronouns are often inferred. But does this "lead to" the Japanese culture being group-oriented or lacking self-centeredness? Guest thinks not and uses some interesting analogies to illustrate his point.
Learn English; change your values? (link will expire)

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