RARA-AVIS: Re: Language is . . .

From: jacquesdebierue (jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 04 Aug 2010

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    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "David Corbett" <davidcorbettauthor@...> wrote:
    > Kerry's note on the intrinsic creativity of language gives me solace. My brother, an evangelical, routinely pooh-poohs the Damn-the-Torpedoes-The-End-Is-Near crowd by noting -- I am not making this up -- that Revelations makes it clear that the Apocalypse won't occur until the Bible has been translated into ALL the languages of the earth (a project he is trying to assist by translating it into the tongues of a few pre-literate New Guinea tribes). If Kerry's right, and I both believe and hope that he is -- it appears this process might not just be delayed for a while but is by its very nature endless. And one can only wonder what a texting version of the Old Testament might look like. (Pharaoh's daughter, OMG, she came down to the river to bathe. Exodus 2:5 LOL)

    Of course the process is endless... as long as there are humans, which, in the long view, won't be for very long. Lots of languages have come and gone, most of them unknown to us either because they didn't have writing or because we can't properly understand the little writing they left.



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