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The way we speak reflects some of our social connections and our attitudes about these connections. These social connections may cover a lot or a little geography. When it comes to describing a language, describing the context it is used in is part of the descriptive work. For areas that are di- or tri-glossic which kinds of statements are made in which languages? When Jesus was brought the woman who was caught in adultery (Jn 8:1-11), the Jewish elders spoke to him in a language, but did Jesus reply in the same language or was there a specific impact that would have been achieved by replying in a different language?

In the picture above Hugh is recording a story in Me’phaa about different kinds of animals and bugs that are a nuisance to coffee growers.