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Very interesting, although I note that the article sidesteps the problem of
English in this gendered-language influencing thought idea. German has
three genders doesn't it- der, die, das; whereas its close associate English
has none ('the'). I didn't think, perhaps our Far Eastern experts can
confirm this, that languages like Japanese had terms equivalent to 'the'?
I think seeing differences in bridge design based on the gender of the term
is a bit specious to be honest. It's essentially a form of nominative
determinism (there's a more correct term for this, I forget what it is
though- recently in the New Scientist column 'Feedback' people have been
sending in people with names appropriate to their job- a carpenter on a TV
show last night was called Robin Wood, for example).
Does the wobbling millenium bridge in London reflect its confusion at having
Still, interesting piece.
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