November 24th, 2008

Interesting words

"To come late to another language means that even after it is learned well some of it dimensions are lacking. One is that of its written past, its literature and mythology, and it takes a discouragingly slow trudge to catch up. But what remains always out of reach is the experience of having known a language as a child, when words were intuitively calculated rather than learned; that instinctive knowing is what underlies word-play, wit, and word music, the sudden surprises that can happen in language, that extend language."
Alastair Reid