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originally posted by: surnamename57
a reply to: alldaylong
Your language does not define your personal identity. As an individual, you just conform your thoughts to a certain language. Language can help create a group identity, but that's all it does.
It is a means of communication, not an ensemble of intended meanings.
originally posted by: DISRAELI
a reply to: Gazrok
Let's take another aspect of the way we speak. Distribution of emphasis.
I grew up hearing words like "DeFENCE", "PrinCESS", "Robin HOOD", "CaribBEan".
If I hear them on American media, they have becone "DEfense", "PRINcess", "ROBin Hood", "CaRIBbean". The emphasis has been brought forward by a syllable.
Which of those two modes is more original?
(As a twist on this theme, I've also noticed the reverse. The familiar "GARage" becomes the American "GaRAGE".
My current theory is that this happens because "garage" was a loan-word, and the Americans primly kept the French pronunciation)