10305Re: [mythsoc] Shippey's Road
- Nov 1, 2003It's a branch of linguistics, and today it's rarely called by that name.
the study of the way past stages of languages have been attested through
texts, and nowadays it's usually considered an aspect of historical
Thank you, Alexei. So there is always a sense of change, life, or growth
in this concept?
<< The people that did philology were probably halfway between the people
who do classics and other ancient languages and the ones who do historical
linguistics. Today you have to choose whether to study a particular ancient
language or to study the theory of how languages change over time, but then
wasn't divided that way. Linguistics got organized as a subject for
study by coming together of the people who studied ancient languages,
languages, anthropology, psychology, and logic because they had decided
they had a
common subject to investigate. (Not all those people got together at once.
In approximately the order that I listed them, the subjects came together
form linguistics.) >>
Ow, Wendell, that makes my head hurt! I mean, thank you. There is a lot
of work in these subjects, and I don't want to imagine how much
fractiousness. I don't think I would have made a good scholar, but I
enjoy reading Shippey. It's hard to describe, but the effect I am getting
is probably similar to what they call a paradigm shift -- it's like
suddenly realizing that the earth's axis is tilted. The more examples he
gives of texts, the more I wish to sit in for a lecture series and extended
reading. But I fear that popular writing is about the limit of my
abilities. It's amazing to think how much has been gleaned from the
primary sources we have had to go on, and then of course so much of it is
theory that changes over time.
Come to think of it, I have had heady experiences from other books. It's
just been a while. lol
Kids grow up eventually. You could go back to school if you want. >>
Perhaps. There seemed little application to balance the immense financial
outlay when I was first considering it. Graduate school, I mean. For a
number of years I dreamed of returning to study Medieval French, but quite
frankly, modern French was challenging enough. I'd have sunk. The world
is such a huge place, and layer it with the many worlds there have been,
and the many views of those worlds, and the courses of study are so endless
as to be overwhelming. Yet how often, in the world outside of academia,
does any value, or even yearning, seem to be placed towards such study ?
I like some of what Shippey handles about luck and such; I'm a bit
superstitious that way myself. So perhaps there is hope. After all, one
likes to think that Mom and Dad didn't spend all that money on my education
for nothing, that what potential I may have will not go entirely to waste.
amor vincit omnia
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