LINGUIST List 15.3427
Tue Dec 07 2004
Qs: Sexual Innuendo; Anthropology Anecdote
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Message 1: Sexual Innuendo
From: Alannah Witherby <thisisbananehotmail.com>
Subject: Sexual Innuendo
Does anybody know of any papers written about sexual innuendo in the field
of pragmatics and cognition, other than that written by Bell?
Message 2: Anthropology Anecdote
From: Jussi Karlgren <jussisics.se>
Subject: Anthropology Anecdote
An oft-repeated field linguistics-cum-field anthropology anecdote
in coffee rooms around academic institutions around the world goes
something like this:
''There are toponyms in some exotic parts of the world that are
phonetically mangled variants of 'a mountain' and 'yes, that is
another mountain' and 'you stupid anthropologist, that is also a mountain'.''
Is there any truth in this anecdote? I guess various ethnonyms of the type
''people'' ''human'' ''foreign-language-speaker'' may be
examples of this. Does anyone have more concrete examples?
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