[C18-L] imaginary grammars

Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Wed Oct 27 06:22:23 UTC 2010

Hi Joel,

Your correspondent may find this book, and its many references, useful:

Umberto Eco, The Search for the Perfect Language (1995). I have the
Italian original lying around somewhere.

The table of contents can be consulted here:



Paul Frank
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On Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 9:52 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
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> On a list of 18th-century mavens and afficiondos:
> At 10/26/2010 02:35 PM, Ruth MENZIES wrote:
>>I was wondering whether anyone on the list could point me towards
>>imaginary voyages/utopias that present more or less detailed
>>grammars purporting to illustrate perfect languages (the kind of
>>thing Swift derides in Gulliver's Travels).
>>I am familiar with French texts of this sort (Veiras, Foigny, Tyssot
>>de Patot) but less so as regards works in English.
> I'll pass on any responses to the other list.
> Remember, the writer is almost certainly interested in the period
> before, say, 1850 -- so don't give me "Star Trek, Voyager".
> Joel

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