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Generation

untouchable that bleeds, lonely
in black sky, that haunting moon
walks gingerly on quivering sea:
lovers killed in shame in broad daylight
by gunshots before a crowd; some possessed
maniacs turning the clock back: history
lets go the leaves, the autumn,

trees stand naked, not malevolent
but want to poach upon the wrong side
of faith; my vision starts failing,
crosses the river in ancient lingua franca
joining the broken hearts

i was apprehensive, clouds come and
go, each death becomes a daisy

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Dialectic thought is an attempt to break through the coercion of logic by its own means.

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Film is one of the three universal languages, the other two: mathematics and music.

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Narrative identity takes part in the story's movement, in the dialectic between order and disorder.

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Testimony demands to be interpreted because of the dialectic of meaning and event that traverses it.

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Toni Morrison

Tongue-suicide is not only the choice of children. It is common among the infantile heads of state and power merchants whose evacuated language leaves them with no access to what is left of their human instincts for they speak only to those who obey, or in order to force obedience. The systematic looting of language can be recognized by the tendency of its users to forgo its nuanced, complex, mid-wifery properties for menace and subjugation. Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge. Whether it is obscuring state language or the faux-language of mindless media; whether it is the proud but calcified language of the academy or the commodity driven language of science; whether it is the malign language of law-without-ethics, or language designed for the estrangement of minorities, hiding its racist plunder in its literary cheek — it must be rejected, altered and exposed. It is the language that drinks blood, laps vulnerabilities, tucks its fascist boots under crinolines of respectability and patriotism as it moves relentlessly toward the bottom line and the bottomed-out mind. Sexist language, racist language, theistic language — all are typical of the policing languages of mastery, and cannot, do not permit new knowledge or encourage the mutual exchange of ideas.

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I don't know the rules of grammar... If you're trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language, the language they use every day, the language in which they think. We try to write in the vernacular.

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Incomprehensible jargon is the hallmark of a profession.

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The business, task or object of the scientific study of languages will if possible be 1) to trace the history of all known languages. Naturally this is possible only to a very limited extent and for very few languages.

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This African American Vernacular English shares most of its grammar and vocabulary with other dialects of English. But it is distinct in many ways, and it is more different from standard English than any other dialect spoken in continental North America.

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Virginia Woolf

Language is wine upon the lips.

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Love has its own language, but marriage falls back on the local dialect.

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Jean Piaget

Logic and mathematics are nothing but specialised linguistic structures.

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Minority art, vernacular art, is marginal art. Only on the margins does growth occur.

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I came here when I was almost 22. I'm perfectly bilingual, but I'm never going to sound like Sandra Bullock.

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Linguistic philosophers continue to argue that probably music is not a language, that is in the philosophical debate. Another point of view is to say that music is a very profound language.

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The knowledge of languages was very useful. I have a university degree in foreign languages and literature.

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The London dialect as it is spoken in educated circles.

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The Barrier

The sky has a language
As same as the earth
But when they understand each other
In a common dialect?

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Objects in a park suggest static repose rather than any ongoing dialectic. Parks are finished landscapes for finished art .

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