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Daniel Stillman

New York, NY, United States

Designer (Product Design)

Member since May 10, 2007

  • Being Ecumenical: Dell Hymes

    Education, Communication Design


    I read Dell Hymes’ Obit today.

    What strikes me about his approach to Linguistics was that it was all about context. Language took place in a cultural context, not in a mathematical wonderland, as Chomsky would have you believe.

    Not to harsh on Noam, or anything.

    But the word ecumenical came up in the obit…meaning general in extent or application.

    Merriam-Webster tells us it comes from the Greek oikoumenē ,meaning the inhabited world.

    The first step to solving a problem is to look at where it happens. To go where the problem is. Have Empathy, as @whitneyhess said here. And using an ecumenical approach, use whatever tools you need. I think this is the best way to approach any issue...

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