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Linguistics Quotes: "Often it’s not we who shape words, but the words we use that shape us."

Often it’s not we who shape words, but the words we use that shape us.




Linguistics Quotes: "Words are catch-basins of experience, fingerprints and footprints of the past that the literary detective may scrutinize in order to sleuth out the history of human consciousness."

Words are catch-basins of experience, fingerprints and footprints of the past that the literary detective may scrutinize in order to sleuth out the history of human consciousness.



Linguistics Quotes: "An entire mythology is stored within our language."

An entire mythology is stored within our language.



Linguistics Quotes: "I should think a dead language would be rather boring, sociallyspeaking."

I should think a dead language would be rather boring, sociallyspeaking.




Linguistics Quotes: "By claiming that our words are too hard to understand, the media perpetuates the idea that WE are too hard to understand, and suggests that there’s no point in trying."

By claiming that our words are too hard to understand, the media perpetuates the idea that WE are too hard to understand, and suggests that there’s no point in trying.



Linguistics Quotes: "The language looks rather different when you look at a lot of it at once."

The language looks rather different when you look at a lot of it at once.



Linguistics Quotes: "If you're teaching, say, physics, there's no point in persuading a student that you're right. You want to encourage them to find out what the truth is, which is probably that you're wrong."

If you're teaching, say, physics, there's no point in persuading a student that you're right. You want to encourage them to find out what the truth is, which is probably that you're wrong.





Linguistics Quotes: "Colorless green ideas sleep furiouslythree old owls on a chest of drawerswere screwingthe daughter of the doctor.But then the mother called them, colorless green ideas slepp furiously."

Colorless green ideas sleep furiouslythree old owls on a chest of drawerswere screwingthe daughter of the doctor.But then the mother called them, colorless green ideas slepp furiously.



Linguistics Quotes: "Home means always here..."

Home means always here...



Linguistics Quotes: "when a language dies, a way of understanding the world dies with it, a way of looking at the world."

when a language dies, a way of understanding the world dies with it, a way of looking at the world.



Linguistics Quotes: "Teach me to speak the language of men."

Teach me to speak the language of men.




Linguistics Quotes: "It may be a silly way, but if you remember that an owl looks like ʌ(OO)ʌ, it will perhaps help you remember that it is pronounced with something close to 'ʌoo'."

It may be a silly way, but if you remember that an owl looks like ʌ(OO)ʌ, it will perhaps help you remember that it is pronounced with something close to 'ʌoo'.



Linguistics Quotes: "Speech has both an individual and a social side, and we cannot conceive of one without the other."

Speech has both an individual and a social side, and we cannot conceive of one without the other.



Linguistics Quotes: "Why is English so widespread today, and not Danish?"

Why is English so widespread today, and not Danish?



Linguistics Quotes: "Because everyone uses language to talk, everyone thinks they can talk about language."

Because everyone uses language to talk, everyone thinks they can talk about language.




Linguistics Quotes: "People's sense of how they talk tends to differ from the reality."

People's sense of how they talk tends to differ from the reality.



Linguistics Quotes: "Every page should explode, either because of its staggering absurdity, the enthusiasm of its principles, or its typography."

Every page should explode, either because of its staggering absurdity, the enthusiasm of its principles, or its typography.



Linguistics Quotes: "My partner and I were going to renew our vowels, but the consonants revolted."

My partner and I were going to renew our vowels, but the consonants revolted.



Linguistics Quotes: "How many Lojbanists does it take to change a brokenlight-bulb?” goes the old Lojban joke. “Two: one to decidewhat to change it into and one to decide what kind of bulbemits broken light."

How many Lojbanists does it take to change a brokenlight-bulb?” goes the old Lojban joke. “Two: one to decidewhat to change it into and one to decide what kind of bulbemits broken light.



Linguistics Quotes: "Not everyone who knows how to write can be a writer. Not everyone who knows two languages can be a translator."

Not everyone who knows how to write can be a writer. Not everyone who knows two languages can be a translator.



Linguistics Quotes: "Language was just that thing that happened when you opened your mouth at the table, squeezed a few noises out of your vocal chords, and induced Socrates thereby to pass the salt."

Language was just that thing that happened when you opened your mouth at the table, squeezed a few noises out of your vocal chords, and induced Socrates thereby to pass the salt.



Linguistics Quotes: "As long as human beings speak different languages, the need for translation will continue."

As long as human beings speak different languages, the need for translation will continue.



Linguistics Quotes: "Poetry translation is like playing a piano sonata on a trombone."

Poetry translation is like playing a piano sonata on a trombone.



Linguistics Quotes: "In Iraq, interpreters were ten times more likely to be killed than were U.S. troops."

In Iraq, interpreters were ten times more likely to be killed than were U.S. troops.



Linguistics Quotes: "Translation software is not making translators obsolete. Has medical diagnostic software made doctors obsolete?"

Translation software is not making translators obsolete. Has medical diagnostic software made doctors obsolete?



Linguistics Quotes: "Of the 193 recognized countries in the world, only politically isolated North Korea is considered monolingual."

Of the 193 recognized countries in the world, only politically isolated North Korea is considered monolingual.



Linguistics Quotes: "It is possible to be a great novelist - that is, to render a veracious account of your times - and a bad writer - that is, an incompetent practitioner of applied linguistics."

It is possible to be a great novelist - that is, to render a veracious account of your times - and a bad writer - that is, an incompetent practitioner of applied linguistics.



Linguistics Quotes: "To deny access to translation and interpreting services oppresses human rights and violates laws."

To deny access to translation and interpreting services oppresses human rights and violates laws.



Linguistics Quotes: "The audible signals people can produce are not a series of crisp beeps like on a touch-tone phone. Speech is a river of breath, bent into hisses and hums by the soft flesh of the mouth and throat."

The audible signals people can produce are not a series of crisp beeps like on a touch-tone phone. Speech is a river of breath, bent into hisses and hums by the soft flesh of the mouth and throat.



Linguistics Quotes: "Irish and English are so widely separated in their mode of expression that nothing like a literal rendering from one language to the other is possible."

Irish and English are so widely separated in their mode of expression that nothing like a literal rendering from one language to the other is possible.



Linguistics Quotes: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to compute it."

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to compute it.



Linguistics Quotes: "Every individual is at once the beneficiary and the victim of the linguistic tradition into which he has been born."

Every individual is at once the beneficiary and the victim of the linguistic tradition into which he has been born.



Linguistics Quotes: "I formed several possible stories out of her speech, formed them at once, so it was less like I failed to understand than that I understood in chords, understood in a plurality of worlds."

I formed several possible stories out of her speech, formed them at once, so it was less like I failed to understand than that I understood in chords, understood in a plurality of worlds.



Linguistics Quotes: "To speak a language is to take on a world, a culture."

To speak a language is to take on a world, a culture.



Linguistics Quotes: "Our vocabulary may become a real time algorithmic word bank. Could you imagine having a conversation like that? Where the meaning of words constantly adapts?"

Our vocabulary may become a real time algorithmic word bank. Could you imagine having a conversation like that? Where the meaning of words constantly adapts?