Of time and tenses I

Of time and tenses I

A fascinating insight into how we fold our perceptions of time into language, or language influences such perceptions.  It made me realise that my assumptions about time, how I engage with and experience it, may have been strongly shaped by the languages I grew up...
Of time and tenses II

Of time and tenses II

Another angle on language and how it shapes or at least influences our perception of time.  Here Adam Nicolson discusses the anchoring of tense in many languages, while others allow things to happen in a more imprecise location in time. ‘The sky is the great...
An English view of Russian

An English view of Russian

Although ignorant of Russian, I am interested in how cultures see other cultures, and languages see other languages, even if those perceptions are inaccurate.  Was this just a finely poetic notion in Woolf’s head, or was it based on something she knew or had...

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