Language

A Note From the Editor

A Note From the Editor

“The language is created by the culture,” concluded linguist Daniel Everette in his observations of the Pirahã people, native to the Amazon. Mystifying linguists worldwide, the Pirahã have no descriptive words, stories or subordinate clauses. If the Pirahã’s culture is the physical manifestation of their language, what can the use of language in contemporary discourse teach us about cultures around the world? This edition’s writers touch on this question through various lenses.

English or Urdu: What should Pakistan’s language be?

English or Urdu: What should Pakistan’s language be?

Some are praising the decision as an attempt to preserve Urdu, and by extension, the Pakistani culture. But, an increasing number of Pakistanis are choosing to neglect Urdu and Pakistan’s regional languages in favor of English, due to English’s status as the global common language and as a signifier of socioeconomic prestige.

Uncovering Understanding in Putnam's Theory of Meaning

Uncovering Understanding in Putnam's Theory of Meaning

When we consider the notions of competence and understanding, we see an intuitive relationship between them. Being competent in a subject entails being knowledgeable enough to accomplish a particular goal, perhaps established by context. Understanding something, on the other hand, implies a sort of complete knowledge about a subject.

Conveying Pain Through Comedy

Conveying Pain Through Comedy

Comedy can underline societal issues, humor can be used a vehicle for change. By injecting humor into issues such as racism, feminism, and homophobia, comedians like Hasan Minhaj, Trevor Noah, and Hannah Gadsby communicate their community’s pain in a way which is indirect, yet effective.