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06 February 2004 @ 08:46 am
An Interesting Fact About Modern Hebrew  

I was reading an article on-line, Found in Translation by Miriam Rubinow, and came across this information:

“Modern Hebrew contains no verb form to express the past conditional state: that which would or could have been. Instead, conditional statements are formed by combining the past and present tense. The Hebrew language does not dwell on lost opportunities; the idea ‘I would have come’ is literally rendered ‘I was am coming.’”

Since language both shapes and is shaped by our worldview, I find this to be fascinating and am turning it over in my mind to consider its various implications. I thought you might find it interesting as well.

 
 
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ask mevorona on February 6th, 2004 09:08 am (UTC)
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Hahaha... I like that. It suits my outlook, almost too well. Good catch.
Stephen Leighsleigh on February 6th, 2004 01:55 pm (UTC)
That type of thing is what intrigues me about linguistics -- language (and its limitations) shape our worldview. If you don't have the words for a concept, it's very difficult for you to even think it...