random thoughts

I think it would be interesting to do an anthropological study on the effects of language on certain facial characteristics.

I've wondered before if the different requirements of different languages might cause certain facial characteristics in people who speak that language - for instance, lip shape or jaw musculature.

If anybody has done this, please let me know, I'd be interested to hear what you found.


1 comment:

  1. awesome. :) I think that would be cool, too! I notice facial characteristics in people who smoke vs. people who don't (not the obvious teeth stained, hoarse voice stuff, but their face changes--and the hand they use the most often does also). I find this interesting. :) I used to be able to tell a Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean or Chinese person apart based on facial characteristics and just by hearing them talk (even though I don't know Vietnamese, Chinese or Korean and only barely know Japanese). I can still tell from their writing, but I'm realizing more and more how similar Japanese and Korean are (I suppose it has to do with proximity!). We watch the show Lost :) and when we first started watching it, I was certain that a particular couple was Japanese, but I wasn't sure which dialect because it was slightly different from the Tokyo Japanese I'm familiar with....but they were Korean! Ha! I went weeks trying to figure out what they were saying, thinking my Japanese was just too rusty. :)

    Anyways, I'm babbling!!! Cool thing to think about. And I wonder how it impacts kids who are adopted out of particular cultures and into other cultures at a young age? Interesting, huh?