Re: Another Russian Question
|From:||John Cowan <cowan@...>|
|Date:||Monday, September 17, 2001, 0:53|
Peter Ramsey scripsit:
> > When you grasp the essence, you forget the words -Zhuang-zi
I can't believe any conlanger would actually believe this. It is
the very essence (:-)) of making up new languages that they express
what cannot be said in the old languages, or why bother? The
person who spoke that was a Chinese cultural imperialist -- he
probably couldn't help it, I hasten to add.
Here's my counter-maxim:
We call nothing profound that is not wittily expressed.
--Northrop Frye, improved by John Cowan
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