My doubts about formal grammar

There is something very similar to the chicken-or-the-egg question about formal grammar in which meaning is ignored and only the formal properties of the string is discussed. But would that string exist without production of meaning, without the communicative desire to impart something in an instance of existence? This is also like asking what is…More

Finnegans Wake, Joyces Wake, Me-s Wake

I finally found (and puchased) a copy of Joyce’s Finnegans Wake in one of my local bookstores. I had not want to purchase it online because book hunting is so much more fun. In putting into my library database I had found even the LibraryThing community could get it wrong. The listing was Finnegan’s Wake…More