LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||25/JUN/2008 3:07 AM|
|Assunto:||Quem fala mais de um idioma muda...|
I think it's true. I noticed this years ago. In myself, I find that my sense of humor changes a great deal when I speak Spanish. If treated rudely, I'm more apt to react with rudeness in Spanish than in English. On the other hand, if treated with any degree of civility or courtesy, I'm more courteous in Spanish than in English. Weird, huh?
Many years ago I asked a friend if she "became Chinese" when she spoke Chinese. She thought about it for a moment, and said she did but she hadn't noticed before my question. I should add that she was white, was very involved in Chinese culture, had a Chinese boyfriend, and spoke the language fluently.
It couldn't be just the language, it has to be the contact with the other culture. In other words, it would surprise me to learn that someone who speaks French, but has no contact with French people, experiences a change. However, the change may exist in someone who speaks French daily and is immersed in French culture.
No facts, just an opinion.
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