Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 22:47:14 -0500
From: "Bethany K. Dumas" dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UTK.EDU
On Sat, 15 Nov 1997, David W. Pass wrote:
Of course, stating that "language is language" does not claim that
language is unchanging. I can['t imagine where you got that idea
from the messages that were posted.
The statement may not claim it; however, it implies it. The statement
"language is language" implies a continous equivilence. If the implication
is as it seems, the language yesterday equals language today which equals
language tomorrow; thus, the statement seems to imply that language is
I can no longer remain silent. David Pass's statement above is one of the
silliest statements I have ever seen about language. To say that "language
is language" implies that language has inherent characteristics qua
language that remain true -- it does not imply anything whatsoever about
language being static. It seems to be that only someone who does not know
what language is would read an implication of stasis into the statement.
Let's get back to talking about language, okay?
But I just noticed that David apparently plans to post again, so perhaps
I'll be restating this soon; he concluded:
Once again (and I hope for the penultimate time) I was only ...