Posts by David Gil

David Gil is a linguist at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena. His research interests include syntax and semantics, linguistic typology and the evolution of language, focusing on field work in Indonesia and Papua. He has taught at universities in Israel, Singapore and Malaysia, and set up and managed the Max Planck Institute Jakarta Field Station.

Language & Culture

There’s no Longer a Word for Tea

As the result of semantic and cultural shifts, it has become impossible to order a decent cup of tea – a phenomenon that revives the old question about the relationship between language on the one hand and thought and culture on the other.

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