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16671Re: [mythsoc] Tolkien, Barfield---and contemporary linguistic theory???

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  • Kevin Bowring
    Jun 1, 2006
      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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