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Whoa, he just means that actually the number of Inuit words for snow is
about the same as English—what has this got to do with polysynthesis or
loanwords?
Eugene

2009/5/12 Lars Finsen <[log in to unmask]>

> Den 12. mai. 2009 kl. 13.41 skreiv Mark J. Reed:
>
>  You know that whole Eskimo thing is a myth, right? :)
>>
>
> Well, maybe it's unfair of the Eskimo to use polysynthetic languages so
> that concepts that are expressed with phrases in other languages are
> expressed with single words in theirs. On the other hand it's unfair of the
> English speakers to travel over the whole world and acquire snow words from
> any number of foreign languages, and to make a lot of wintry science,
> requiring numerous specific terms to be made up. My vote goes to the Eskimo
> any time.
>
> LEF
>