[Ads-l] quote: fire in a wooden box

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Tue May 24 16:04:48 EDT 2016


> On May 24, 2016, at 12:56 PM, Geoffrey Steven Nathan <geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU> wrote:
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> I'm pretty sure it is in the Joos reader. And my memory is that it was not linguistics in general, but rather semantics in particular. He had a number of italicized comments about articles and I think it's one of those.
> 
> Unfortunately my copy is in a box in the garage, as we are about to do house renovations.
> 
> Joos, Martin (ed), 1966. Readings in Linguistics I. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
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> Geoff
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> query from David Gold dl.gold at yahoo.com
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> As a student of linguistics in the late 1960s and early 1970s, I remember r=
> eading the quip "linguistics [or maybe it was: defining linguistics] is lik=
> e making a fire in a wooden box," that is, language is used to describe lan=
> guage.
> 
> I have a vague recollection that the quipster was Martin Joos or some other=
> American structuralist (Bloomfield? Bolinger?).
> 
> Now that I want to cite the quip, I cannot find the exact wording or the au=
> thor. Might you know?
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> ....
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> not a subscriber to this list. (i am not a good forwarding service.)
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