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How a Single Letter Defines Western Perceptions of the East

Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg comments on the way English speakers use the suffix "e" and "i" to lump together most nationalities in the Middle East (Kuwati, Iraqi...). He says the practice has its roots in the 19th and 20th century colonial period, and says a lot about how we view people in that region.


Other segments from the episode on January 28, 1991

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, January 28, 1991: Interview with Robert Cullen; Interview with Randy Shilts; Commentary on nationality and colonialism.


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