Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Clay IV.20

The conundrum of language is that it has no history. There's nothing available in the way of a partially formed or half-formed language. We don't know how language arose, or if.

It is misleading to think that some time in the distant past we invented language. It's better to say that some time in the distant past language invented us, or rather started inventing us: clearly it isn't finished yet.

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