RETHINKING BORDERS AND REGIONS April 29, 2010 University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu. Borders and Bridges in Minds and Languages Arto Mustajoki , University of Helsinki [email protected] Topics of the talk.
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Mentalworld of the Speaker
Mentalworld of the Recipient
An old Volvo and Toyota were standing in the street.
John studies Chinese language and literature.
John studies Chinese language and biology.
John studies Chinese language and philosophy.
Where is Liza’s photograph?
Between the Russians and the Finns?
Between the ”Eastern Finns” and the ”Western Finns”?
living conditions, housing, food, clothing, means of transport, rules of politeness, educational structure (schools, universities), urban environment
in addition: dacha
savotta ‘logging site’; lusikka ‘spoon’; raamattu ‘Bible’; ikkuna ‘window’; also many slang words: mesta ‘place’;
cf. only 4-5 Finnish loanwords in Russian, mainly fish names
size: Russia is a huge country, a Great Power
language: Russian belongs to a totally different language group; the Cyrillic alphabet emphasizes the strangeness
religion: Orthodox vs. Lutheran church
attitude to equal rights: desire for strong leaders vs. Scandinavian type democracy
(not thinking too much of the future)
X is hurrying to a meeting. In the street (s)he meets a friend that (s)he has not seen for a long time. What does X do?Finns Russians