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91 Laurel Amtower likewise alerts us to certain serio-comic extremes that Chaucer perceives in speech. ”92 Yet, the dream poem’s dominant issue concerns the failure of language to correctly portray our imagined or real experiences. It also points to language’s inability to “archive” or preserve the reputation or renown bequeathed to past great poets and the characters whom they have immortalized. ) of the love of Dido and Aeneas earlier in the dream is perhaps the most cited instance. William A.
2:9) and later by the catastrophic division of languages through the building and fall of the Tower of Babel (Gen. 11:1–18). indd 12 7/21/2011 7:55:58 PM WOM E N ’ S S PE E C H 13 progressive decline of language as represented in the tradition of medieval commentary descending from Augustine. Fyler writes that a series of falls, rather than a single fall, led to the ongoing decline of language. ”51 Pentecost signified that redeemed speech through the gift of the tongues of fire above the apostles’ heads.
They involve choosing a meaning within the full semantic range available to a given word. One of the best examples of the politics of translation is Chaunticleer’s famous interpretation of “Mulier est hominis confusio” (NPT l. 3164) as “Womman is mannes joye and al his blis” (NPT l. ” 73 The current brilliant work on language and linguistic idealism in Brian Friel’s drama, Translations, is instructive. 74 However, I think that it equally concerns the dangers inherent to communication within a single language.