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Old 02.17.2010, 09:30 PM   #141
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Old 02.17.2010, 09:30 PM   #142
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if you were less of a retard you'd see why i named chomsky-- it's not namedropping. it makes a point.

you write pretty, but you think like a fartbox. hence, a theologian.

For me, if you want to talk about the imprecision of language, you really need to be referring to the litany of continental linguists before you do Chomsky.

Alternately, fuck off twatbags.
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Old 02.17.2010, 09:40 PM   #143
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Nah, he's ok. It just aggravates me how he's given precedence over someone like Dave Crystal.

bitch was asking for "precise" (i presume he meant "logical" language)

chomski dealt with the computing (logical) aspect of it, yes?

now please bring up dave crystal in a non name-dropping way. come on. summarize his relevance to this point maybe? do it for some future beer i might buy you as long as it's not warm or anything called "brown ale".
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Old 02.18.2010, 05:56 AM   #144
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bitch was asking for "precise" (i presume he meant "logical" language)

chomski dealt with the computing (logical) aspect of it, yes?

now please bring up dave crystal in a non name-dropping way. come on. summarize his relevance to this point maybe? do it for some future beer i might buy you as long as it's not warm or anything called "brown ale".

Crystal's position isn't that of imputing an inherent political logic to language; he doesn't absolve it of a political position, and he doesn't himself exist in a political vacuum. He's closer to the (impossible) academic ideal of observing language from 'outside', if only because his position is less palpably charged with a political project.

In terms of his logic, he's been a critical contributor to the OED for decades; as such, he has an incredibly intimate, yet perspicuous, relationship, to the muddy world of 'how language works'. While he inevitably posits language as a social enterprise, this enterprise is organic, atomic and often fuzzily-bordered; if he is 'prescriptive', it's an open and porous prescritivism, something I just don't see in Chomsky. Over everything, he's almost exclusively an academic of linguism, whereas Chomsky, while a brilliant linguist, uses linguistics as collateral in his broader project(s).
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Old 02.18.2010, 07:28 AM   #145
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language is never completely precise-- think of it as defined by 3 vectors

one axis is chomki's universal grammar

another axis is social usage-- not everyone applies the same logic

the third axis is time, which causes drifting, evolution, and leaves many fossils behind--e.g., grammar-defying idioms & rules, the english subjunctive, etc.

besides, reality is so fucking detailed, absolutely precise language is by definition an impossibility-- read some borges. "the analytical language of john wilkins" is a good one.

here african-american is a political tool, i say power to those who've wielded it & fuck correction.

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Old 02.18.2010, 07:31 AM   #146
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all this because some cunt started the "language" thing again.
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Old 02.18.2010, 07:32 AM   #147
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also, i used i was an indian, but i CAN'T can i? so i gotta resign.
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Old 02.18.2010, 08:22 AM   #148
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Old 02.18.2010, 09:00 PM   #149
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"Many blacks in America expressed a preference for the term, as it was formed in the same way as names for others of the many ethnic groups in the nation. Some argued further that, because of the historical circumstances surrounding the capture, enslavement and systematic attempts to de-Africanize blacks in the United States under chattel slavery, most African Americans are unable to trace their ancestry to a specific African nation; hence, the entire continent serves as a geographic marker."

the only time I have ever honestly heard ANY real black people use the expression "African-American" were all on television, and I even hang out with some pretty black nationalist/power kinda black folks.
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Old 02.18.2010, 09:03 PM   #150
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are you their Token White Guy?

I wish. for years people kept assuming I was Cuban/Brazilian
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Old 02.18.2010, 09:21 PM   #152
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Old 02.18.2010, 09:23 PM   #153
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or are you saying that it is better to be thought of as a Token White Guy than Cuban/Brazilian? why?
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Old 02.18.2010, 09:25 PM   #154
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I know a cuban but she tells everyone that she's from barcelona.

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Old 02.18.2010, 10:12 PM   #155
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I have no interest in reading anything posted before this page, but 'African-American' is a stupid fucking term and any spineless, white-guilt-having, I-summer-in-Connecticut-at-a-beach-house-where-my-family-has-a-pot-bellied-pig 'progressive intellectual' deserves a swift punch in the throat the second they utter it. Aside from being frequently inaccurate (and 100% inaccurate the second you leave the U.S.), it embodies all of the worst aspects of the limp-wristed sector of race politics. I mean, talk about fucking kid gloves.

A black dude is a motherfucking black dude.

And more importantly, no one is fucking special and everyone needs to shut the fuck up.
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Old 02.19.2010, 12:46 AM   #156
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I have no interest in reading anything posted before this page, but 'African-American' is a stupid fucking term and any spineless, white-guilt-having, I-summer-in-Connecticut-at-a-beach-house-where-my-family-has-a-pot-bellied-pig 'progressive intellectual' deserves a swift punch in the throat the second they utter it. Aside from being frequently inaccurate (and 100% inaccurate the second you leave the U.S.), it embodies all of the worst aspects of the limp-wristed sector of race politics. I mean, talk about fucking kid gloves.

A black dude is a motherfucking black dude.

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Old 02.19.2010, 04:02 AM   #158
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I once took a class called African-American Philosophy. I think most were, indeed, American descendants of African slaves, except Frantz Fanon who was African-Caribbean but I suppose you could argue that the West Indies is actually apart of North America.

Anyway, I usually regard the difference between the terms "Black" and "African-American" to be mostly superficial as long as who it is being referred to is clear. Ironically enough, as I alluded to before, arguing so passionately against African-American as a term is still advocating political correctness, just in a different direction. Calling African-Americans black people isn't going to make that beach house and smug multiculturalism disappear. Language politics is one of the "worst aspects of the limp-wristed sector of race politics" to which you still are engaged.
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arguing so passionately against African-American as a term is still advocating political correctness, just in a different direction. Calling African-Americans black people isn't going to make that beach house and smug multiculturalism disappear. Language politics is one of the "worst aspects of the limp-wristed sector of race politics" to which you still are engaged.

I agree with you completely. But for me it's less about 'Oh, that's the incorrect term, this is the correct term for them' and more about 'No, that's inaccurate and fucking stupid, stop being such a pussy and please shut the fuck up with all of this.' That last bit in my original statement about nobody being special and everyone needing to shut up was pretty important to it. I don't want to deal with language politics and I certainly don't want to deal with race politics.
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If people of Italian descent are allowed to call themselves Italian-American to designate teir past, then why can't black people call themselves african-american? They are americans with african ancestry.

I am Puerto Rican, and as such, american by birth, but I do not tell people I am puerto rican-american. I tellthem I am puerto rican, because that is where I was born, but if I was born in USA I would be more exact to say I was Puerto-rican-american.

american is not about color or race or ethnicity, or it shoud not be. there are plenty of people out there that will tell you that american means white, or natural born. fucking losers.
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