li [Rex May] mi tulis la > Saying 'cultural and linguistic divisions' is misleading. Linguistic > divisions, as you say, mean very little — again Switzerland springs > to mind. But cultural divisions can be lethal, and are infinitely > more important than language differences. > > It's tricky, because often a language can become a -symbol- of > more important cultural differences, and that leads us to think > that the language difference is what's causing the problem, when > in fact it's just a sort of symptom of it. Precisely the point I was trying to make. Language is a manifestation of other differences, but need not be.