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322 Assignment 1 - Sijia Hao - Sijia Hao 11 January 2012...

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Sijia Hao 11 January 2012 CompLit 322 – Assignment 1 Kilito’s piece explores the idea that all languages are relative. Through his dog example, he tries to explain that if two people who speak different languages are forced together, both of them will be rendered incapable of communication. One language, and by extension one person, will be seen as sophisticated while the other as animalistic. The only way for them to effectively communicate is to both downgrade to using primitive, animalistic sounds. If one person were faced with a group of people who spoke a different language, the same hierarchy will form; however, the individual will never be able to reach the group’s level, but the group would be able to fall to his level and imitate the “lesser” form of communication if it chooses to do so. Kilito implies through his examples that translated pieces can only become less-sophisticated, not more. Their meanings will become more simplistic to allow more people to understand.
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