Thoughts on language

07 Feb

John Baker’s blog brought this to my attention. The quote John was drawn to is a good one, but when I read Dick Jones’ Patteran Pages I was drawn to another, this one from Harold Pinter.

There are two silences. One when no word is spoken. The other when perhaps a torrent of language is being employed. This speech is speaking of a language locked beneath it. That is its continual reference. The speech we hear is an indication of that which we don’t hear. It is a necessary avoidance, a violent, sly, anguished, or mocking smoke screen which keeps the other in its place. When true silence falls we are still left with echo but are nearer nakedness. One way of looking at speech is to say that it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.

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