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

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 16630
Date: 2002-11-08

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From: S.Kalyanaraman
Sent: Friday, November 08, 2002 3:16 PM
Subject: Re: [tied] To be or not to be a linguist

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

I have no idea what you are trying to say. Do you mean phylogeny, with "y"? The phylogeny of what? The human species? And if so, what do you mean by its "early phases"? Homo erectus? We are talking of anatomically and mentally modern humans. Three or four, or even ten or twenty millennia ago they were not much different from you or me, even if they had not yet accumulated all those cultural trappings that make us "civilised". It's a safe bet that they used language to communicate their thoughts most of the time, and I wish we did likewise.