Re: [Czechlist] CAT & Mentalese (Language & Thought)
- On Friday, September 30, 2005, at 03:23 AM, Martin Janda wrote:
> A nice idea. I 've read something like that we even *think* in ourI don't know if people think in any language at all most of the time.
> mother tongue (except perhpas for long-term expats).
The interesting thing for me is dreaming. After I'd been in the CR for
a couple of years, people in my dreams spoke English and Czech. If the
conversation took place inside my home, it was in English. Even people
who in real life could not speak English were speaking English in my
dreams when they were in my apartment. If the scene took place outside
my apartment, everyone spoke Czech. So, in one dream I had that I had
flown to New York City, everyone in New York was speaking Czech,
including the African-American clerk in a grocery store. (This is a
perfect opening for someone to tell the "true" folk tale about the
Czech couple in America being stopped by a Czech-speaking black
Anyway, I decided that this pattern meant that Czech was my public
language and English was my private one.
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