16671Re: [mythsoc] Tolkien, Barfield---and contemporary linguistic theory???
- Jun 1, 2006David,
I just finished the Ross Smith article. Very interesting and very suggestive of further work to do.
Many thanks for pointing it out to me.
| On Thu, 01 Jun 2006 00:43:28 -0700
| David Bratman <dbratman@...> wrote:
| There is an article by Ross Smith in the new issue of Tolkien Studies
| (volume 3) that acknowledges that Tolkien's linguistic aesthetics is out of
| step with 20th century linguistic theory from Saussere and Chomsky, but
| goes on to argue that it's 20th century linguistic theory that's all wrong.
| Smith briefly ties Tolkien's ideas with those of Jespersen, Peirce, and of
| course Sapir.
| - David Bratman
| At 06:14 PM 5/31/2006 -0400, Kevin Bowring wrote:
| >Can anyone point me towards something to read evaluating the theory of
| >language held by Tolkien, that of Barfield, in comparison with contemporary
| >linguistics? I suspect that Tolkien and Barfield are rather wildly out of
| >step with contemporary theory.
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