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Fleming on Language

Annie Higgins • 6 February 2004

Dear Blanket,

Thank you for Sean Fleming's thoughtful essay on language, its uses and abilities to bring people together, rather than divide. Language is consensus, after all.

He also reminds me of similarities I have seen between modern Hebrew and Palestinian dialect, not Lebanese or Egyptian, but little oddities in Palestinian that show up in modern Hebrew, a simplified language which otherwise dispensed with many of the complexities of centuries-older Hebrew.

I also appreciate this thought:

People who devote their time to learning a minority language are taking a stand in a world which threatens diversity.

Thank you!





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