Jonathan Swift: standardizing English vs. philosophical languages?

I blogged before on Swift's satire of the philosophical languages of John Wilkins and others in Gulliver's Travels. Part III. A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib, and Japan; Chapter V:

Jonathan Swift & philosophical languages

In that post I linked also to other studies of the relation of Swift to the linguistics and notions about language in his time.

Now I want to point out another facet of Swift's ideas about language. This essay can be found all over the web, presumably; here's one link:

A Proposal for Correcting, Improving and Ascertaining the English Tongue by Jonathan Swift

Various essays contextualize Swift's intervention:

An Introduction to: A Proposal for Correcting, Improving, and Ascertaining the English Tongue

"How barbarously we yet write and speak...": The 18th Century & the Origins of Prescriptive Grammar

Jonathan Swift and Language (Background): Notes on Swift and Language and Restoration History by John Dylan McNeill

Our Fallen Tongue: Jonathan Swift's Indictment of Humanity in Part IV of Gulliver's Travels by John Dylan McNeill

Swift and the English Language by suture

Language and the Hostility of Time: The Failure of Swift's Prescriptivism in A Proposal for Correcting, Improvingand Ascertaining the English Tongue by Jukka Tiusanen

My previous post links to articles that juxtpose Swift to Wilkins et al. This monograph does so as well, with an extensive treatment of Swift's ideas about language:

Language and Reality in Swift's A Tale of a Tub by Frederik N. Smith

Wilkins' founding role in the Royal Society and his speculations on a voyage to the Moon, in relation to Swift's satirical works, are also topics for investigation.

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