Stretching language to its limit

Language – humanity’s finest attribute – becomes stretched to its limit when faced with sacrifice, sexuality, or the brutality of war and predation. In the article “A space that will never be filled: Sharp communication and the simultaneity of opposites,” published in the latest issue of Current Anthropology, author Alex Pillen documents a search for what she calls “antipodal words,” words that encapsulate their opposite, or carry out U-turn in meaning.
Stretching language to its limit

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