Re: [tied] To be or not to be a linguist

From: S.Kalyanaraman
Message: 16628
Date: 2002-11-08

--- In cybalist@..., Piotr Gasiorowski <piotr.gasiorowski@...>
...Who says that the Indo-Aryan speakers were "primitive" (in what
sense?) or indeed that transhumant pastoralism as such is
more "primitive" than, say, sedentary farming? Where are the
linguists who call the Rigveda "primitive poetry"? Frawley is
tearing down men of straw.

An view can be that of Benedetto Croce; was language meant for
poetry in the early phases of philogeny?

The Legacy of Benedetto Croce: Contemporary Critical Views

by J. D'Amico, D.A. Trafton, and M. Verdicchio.University of Toronto
Press. 244. $60.00 Reviewed in University of Toronto Quarterly by

"...poetry had primacy over reason and that language was a
manifestation of spiritual life. Furthermore, this collection of
essays is an excellent testimonial of the fact that Croce's
importance extends beyond the familiar cliché of the philosopher's
claims on the impossibility to separate intuition (inspiration) from
expression (language), and, thus, on his proverbial firm stand on
the unity between form and content."