|Yes, Simon, well noted. I think Alistair Pennycook makes a similar allusion
in oe of his books. For a start Crusoe makes no attempt to learn Friday's
language even though it would have been of more local usefulness. The
assumption is that the slave learns the language of the master (as in the -
also much cited - Caliban-Prospero relation). But of course I was not
endorsing this relationship, simply pointing out that Crusoe (like Dennis)
probably approached the task by responding to Friday's immediate language
needs, using features of the local context, and building from the known to
the unknown. Very dogme, if not very BC!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Simon Gill"
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2005 9:23 AM
Subject: [dogme] curious bedfellows
I enjoyed Scott's quotes from 'Robinson Crusoe' and his suggestion that he
could be considered as an early dogmetist. Robert Phillipson, in his
'Linguistic Imperialism', which I can't unfortunately quote from directly
as I lent my copy to some bastar* who never returned it, suggests that he
can be seen as the spiritual father of the British Council. Now there's
food for thought...
Simon Gill, Olomouc, Czech Republic