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Re: LUNATIC again

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Monday, November 9, 1998, 18:37
David G. Durand scripsit:

> I don't think this is reasonable. The name of a field is a traditional > designation: We don't claim that English departments are misrepresenting > themselves because they study _American_ literature. And yes, the > departments were named for the country and not the language.
Say what? English departments, like German or French departments, are named after the language: "Department of English" is the usual formula, and "English" as a noun has always meant "the English language". -- John Cowan You tollerday donsk? N. You tolkatiff scowegian? Nn. You spigotty anglease? Nnn. You phonio saxo? Nnnn. Clear all so! 'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)