February 15, 2004

Camel words: I'm convinced

Well, Mark's list of words for camel has completely convinced me. I used to be a skeptic, but now I've seen the light. I am now prepared to accept... I am now fully convinced that... umm...

Oh, dear. I forgot what these long lists of far-off peoples' finely differentiated words for particular types of thing are supposed to convince us of. I know it's something terribly important about language and cognition and world view, because almost every introduction to language or culture says so; I just forgot what. How embarrassing.

Posted by Geoffrey K. Pullum at February 15, 2004 06:42 PM