Could you give some examples of how cultures affect languages? It is comprehensible that languages reflect cultures. It would be really helpful if you could provide with at least an example of cultures affecting the way we speak.

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    This sounds like a (rather boring) homework assignment.
    – fdb
    Nov 18, 2015 at 16:43
  • This question seems to be far too broad. Would polite particles of Thai language match your criteria? Nov 18, 2015 at 16:44
  • I haven't heard of them!
    – V.Lydia
    Nov 24, 2015 at 15:54
  • I know it is a broad question. But I fail to fully comprehend the way culture affects language. That is why I thought some examples would help me.
    – V.Lydia
    Nov 24, 2015 at 15:55

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The politeness dances undergone by European personal pronouns are a good example of a culture affecting a language. Another would be the rapid changes made to Old English while it was spoken mostly by peasants after the Norman invasion.

This would be a comment above, except that I am no longer allowed to make comments, for some reason, so I'm testing to see whether answers are similarly occluded.

Edit: Apparently not. But I still can't enter comments. Ah, well.

  • Apparently now I can enter comments. Hurray.
    – jlawler
    Aug 10, 2018 at 15:44

At one time in Japan it became rude and offensive to protrude one's lips while speaking, it considerably affected the sounds of Japanese, eliminating the sound [f] in all the environments except before [ɯ].

  • Is this historical fact, or is a story that someone invented to explain the rarity of initial f in Japanese?
    – fdb
    Nov 18, 2015 at 16:44
  • @fdb - It is a historical fact. I'll try to find the source now.
    – Yellow Sky
    Nov 18, 2015 at 16:51
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    Any references?
    – fdb
    Nov 18, 2015 at 16:51

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