Do you remember the polemic that accompanied the invention of language? Mystification, puerile fantasy, degeneration of the race and decline of the State, treason against Nature, attack on affectivity, criminal neglect of inspiration; language was accused of everything (without, of course, using language) at that time.
And the creation of writing, and grammar--do you think that that happened without a fight?
-- François Le Lionnais, Oulipo: First Manifesto (Translated by Warren Motte, Jr.)
Monday, March 03, 2008
The Polemic That Accompanied the Invention of Language
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