Friday, February 22, 2008

Aase Berg on Language

"Language is a living being. I think that language came before humans, not the other way around. The languageā€™s cells hovered around the earth searching for a host body. They tried to inhabit dinosaurs and fish, but neither worked, because they were too stupid and the muscles in their possible speaking-organs were not evolved enough. Then came humans. The invisible, potential language attacked her, like mosquitoes that know they need blood and have waited for thousands of years for the first mammals do develop."

(This is from the essay "On Language and Madness" from the crosscultural anthology "Swinging With the Neighbors", which features Russian, Scandinavian and Finnish writers)


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