January 2nd, 2005


Not so cunning

It seems to me that Linguistics fails us by trying to pretend there is no poetry.

I know that in my writing, I am even worse than Humpty-Dumpty, who claimed that a word means exactly what he wants it to mean. I don't even claim THAT.

In my writing, a word may represent a metaphor or set of metaphors that rely entirely on information that is not available in the text.

In everyday speech, we often use words or phrases that refer to a meta-context, something about the immediate situation in which the words are spoken. Linguists are forever chasing down those odd constructions, trying to give them a denotation rather than their connotation, if I have those words right.
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