Fwd: Debate opens anew on language and its effects on cognition

From: Kenneth Van Oost (Kenneth.Van.Oost@village.uunet.be)
Date: Tue Feb 19 2002 - 20:51:52 GMT

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    Hi all,

    Reading the link which Wade provided us, ( thanks), I remerber that in
    French, most of the " negative " things are female,

    la mort, la jaloesie, (une) agression, la haine, une catastrophe, la tristesse,
    la depression, la maladie, une larme, la violence,...la solitude

    Look than at those ( positive, male)

    honneur ( honour)
    accident ( not that negative, simply bad luck)
    (un) espoir ( hope)

    Maybe there are more, but these just popped up in my head.....
    I consider this to have some meaning though.... !!!
    Neither I see here that this would give small effects.
    Does anyone knows if this give cultural or social complications !?
    How do French males see French females for example !?
    Interesting stuff, although some positive things are female, la force, la
    In Dutch most of the negative ones are neuter....

    Many regards,


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