Re: Reading pictures??

Ronald Kephart (rkephart@OSPREY.UNF.EDU)
Fri, 4 Oct 1996 12:32:39 -0400

There are some references in the chapter on "Cognition" in Cultural
anthropology: a perspective on the human condition (3/ed, Mayfield, 1995), by
Schultz & Lavenda. Try especially Cole & Scribner (1974), Culture and thought: a
psychological introduction (Wiley).

For what it's worth: In Aymara (Bolivia), if you have a picture of, say, a
house, and you ask an Aymara speaker "What is this" (Akax kunasa?) you get "It
looks like a house" (Utajamawa.), not "It's a house" (Utawa.). The reason is
that in Aymara only the real thing can be a house- a picture is not the real

Ron Kephart
University of North Florida