[XeTeX] arabxetex vs. xepersian

Paul Isambert zappathustra at free.fr
Sun Oct 3 14:26:47 CEST 2010

  Le 03/10/2010 14:16, Tobias Schoel a écrit :
>> That's not phonetics, that's politics. Nothing to do with Persian/Farsi.
> Language has always been an important weapon in politics. People think 
> in the languages they speak. If a language lacks something, then the 
> thinking of the speakers of this language will probably lack it as 
> well. And politics is always based on lacks in the thinking of the 
> people the politics are aimed at.
On the relation of language and politics, you're right... except not in 
the sense you mean it. The relation between thought and language is far 
from obvious. Your position is extreme Sapir-Whorf, which as far as I 
know, has been corroborated only in some very simple areas (colors, 
prepositions...).  Now the _use_ of a language is another matter, as is 
the influence of culture. But a ``language lacking something'' is not an 
entity you can spot easily.

Anyway I was speaking about phonetics, and I've never seen any political 
use of phonetics (barring puns).


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