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Rethinking Law and Language

The Flagship ‘Speech’

Jan M. Broekman

The ‘law-language-law’ theme is deeply engraved in Occidental culture, more so than contemporary studies on the subject currently illustrate. This insightful book creates awareness of these cultural roots and shows how language and themes in law can be richer than studying a simple mutuality of motives. Rethinking Law and Language unveils today’s problems with the two faces of language: the analogue and the digital, on the basis of which our smart phones and Artificial Intelligence create modern life.
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INTERMEZZO 3: Life in the mouth

Jan M. Broekman

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The monsters of the deep sea, the Leviathan included, as well as the Great Whale and others (find them by name), did not eat their prey. The prey’s life unfolds in specific manners in the mouth of the monster. If that had been different, Job would not have survived. But the conversation has to go on! In the stomach, any conversation would be impossible due to lack of oxygen. What does this mean? At least one important observation is that the monsters are as strongly physically involved in language as speech, that is, as parole, as activity beyond the Speaker–Hearer Model. Life in the Mouth (of the monster) is a metaphorical narrative on language beyond the Speaker–Hearer Model!

Do we understand?

Who can open the doors of his face,

With his terrible teeth all around?

His rows of scales are his pride,

Shut up tightly as with a seal;

One is so near another

That no air can come between them;

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