NABOKV-L post 0012579, Fri, 21 Apr 2006 14:30:28 -0400

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Re: Preparation H in Pale Fire (VN and linguistics)
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Subject: [NABOKV-L] Preparation H in Pale Fire (VN and linguistics)



[EDNOTE. Stan Kelly-Bootle responds here to Jansy Mello's earlier email
on purloined "letters" in PF. --SES]



JM (if you'll forgive the initial formality?): love VN's "cosmic" ->

"comic" transformation. Joyce had his "funeral" -> "funferal."



Some Medieval soi-disants etymologists "literally" believed that

"lignum" must be related to "ignis" since "fire" sort of resided in the
"wood."



Spoilsport Saussure urges caution: the mapping from signifier to

Signified is entirely arbitrary. VN, contra Saussure, seems to _see_
words

Themselves as direct, howbeit "shadowy," links to an underpinning
reality. Shadows

certainly distort and hide aspects of the objects casting them, but, as

in Plato's caves, VN's word-shadows are far from arbitrary.



Can someone[s] point me to relevant VN sources? I'm especially

interested in VN's reaction, if any, to Chomsky's spin on "universal &

transformational grammar." This could add to the previous exchanges on
VN's views on

"stream of consciousness" narrative.



skb



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