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The concoction that is language?

Postby sardith » Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:56 am

I was wondering if you had any thoughts:

“Language ought to be the joint creation
of poets and manual workers.”

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~Eric Arthur Blair, known by his pen name, George Orwell,
English novelist and polemic journalist, (1903-1950)~


Waiting patiently,
Sardith :mrgreen:
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Re: The concoction that is language?

Postby Perry Lassiter » Wed Mar 20, 2013 1:23 pm

Presumably he means a combination of wordsmiths and those who get their hands dirty in the maelstrom of life. But language is more democratic than that. It arises from every walk of life and contains regional variants, as evident from our discussions and the Doc's test. Occupations even develop their own cant, whether medical or IT, and a wide variety of slang is available. Come to the party and dive in! The water's fine!
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Re: The concoction that is language?

Postby sardith » Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:32 pm

Well said! :D

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Re: The concoction that is language?

Postby Slava » Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:56 pm

Just to toss in my two cents, I'd say it all goes back to the idea of prescription and description. The way it "should" be vs. the way it is.
Life is like playing chess with chessmen who each have thoughts and feelings and motives of their own.
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Re: The concoction that is language?

Postby Perry Lassiter » Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:19 pm

A great deal would be improved in this world were we to distinguish more often between what is and what should be. Not to discourage alteration to a better world, but it begins by grasping a firm hold on reality.
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