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Just another two cents:

“If language is an accident, it is a very bad one overall though in individual (actually guild) terms it may be a miraculous possession.”

Hi, A.,  — given Everett’s experience, language (in invention) may address perceived concerns of “local” interest within the operating milieu of the culture. At the tribal level, that’s relatively easily defined by geophysical reality and the proclivities of the people resident within them. For a modern engineer in a cubicle working with a head full of professional concepts and jargon, I would think the boundaries social, defined partially by who and what inform the humanity in the office.

The “bad accident” may be the bad poet who masks a level of personal harm — degradation, humiliation, shame — by producing some brand of verbal armor, a facet of narcissistic display.

Those in this category, not necessarily “bad poets”, have some intuitive choices to make about “repairing the world” (in the Jewish influence, the term in use is “Tikkun Olam”) while repairing themselves or — here come the bad boys (and girls) — aggrandizing themselves, becoming untouchable, beyond the harm of human thoughts.

Those, indeed, may play some tricks with language.

Those are just my thoughts, but I feel we see them reflected in the news and, more dangerously, encouraging of a harmed mentality internally programmed for revenge against all.


Daniel L. Everett — There are several sites, including the author’s own, that may be searched up on the web today, and I expect more will appear as the linguist’s star  rises.  The link given here features today a video of about twelve minutes on “Recursion and Human Thought”.

Tikkun Olam — The link is to Jill Jacob’s 2007 “The History of ‘Tikkun Olam'”.