Monday, 29 September 2008

Harsh but True

"There are no primitive languages. The great and abstract ideas of Christianity can be discussed even by the wretched Greenlanders."

Harsh, huh?! Yet, I consider it a true statement, applicable to the Jamaican Creole Translation Project. I find the statement a reassuring one; even as we discuss amongs ourselves "key New Testament" terms and how to express them in Jamaican Creole.

The quote is from Johann Peter Suessmilch in An Introduction to Language by V. Fromkin, R. Rodman, etal (13:2007).

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