Concept of Risk
Risk. What is it? Generally speaking, we tend to think about it when it happens, but not of its possible causes and sequences. In fact, it does not happen so often when we force ourselves to outline the causes of any action as well as the corollary to it. Is it due to that we live unsubconscious life and hardly even know ourselves not speaking of a human nature at all? “We risk to be despised in society as well as by it. That means that we subject ourselves to risk to be despised by ourselves”1, observes the psychiatrist George Gouldon of the University of California, Los Angeles.
In terms of linguistics, “risk is the possibility of meeting danger or of suffering harm or loss.”2 Indeed, you are risking running out of water and dying of thirst, getting lost in the unknown place and not to be found, lying in the beach and having a sunstroke, having gone to the forest and bitten by a poisonous snake. In a word, risk-possibilities are infinite. Even Marco Polo, the greatest traveller from Venice in his “Wherein is Recounted the Wonders of the World” observes the possibilities of undergoing yourself to a risk. “There is always a risk for you going for an expedition through a jungle”, confirms Marco Polo, “as there always is a possibility of meeting a tiger face to face, or you can come across a herd of elephants, or you can trod on a snake.”3 Besides, you subject yourself to risk even by entering a dark forest because you never know what is there.…
Comparative - Historical Linguistics
Concept of Risk
Overview of Behaviorism in Linguistics and Skinner's Behavioral Theory
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