29 Aug Language Barriers
Posted at 09:01h in Outside Looking InQ: What do you get when you cross a deconstructionist with the Godfather? A: A man who makes you an offer you can’t understand. Language is often a hindrance to communication. I’m not referring to language in the sense of somebody’s mother tongue—obviously, if I only speak English and my interlocutor only speaks Farsi, we’re going have problems getting our points across. I’m thinking of language used to erect a deliberate barrier, one in which a group of people throws up impenetrable thickets of jargon or seemingly meaningless words in order to obscure what they’re trying to say. To see this, one need look no further than academia, where (paradoxically) I started thinking of “language” in a different way.