Emptiness Memory Mind and Language

Tatyana Solomonik-Pankrashova
Hans G÷tzsche

The credentials (Lund, Stockholm, Oxford) of Junichi Toyota, Marina Shchepetunina, and Pernilla Hallonsten, the editors of Sense of Emptiness, were highly attractive to me, being very appreciably more respectable than any institutions further west. However, "emptiness plays a key role in identifying socio-cultural diversity" caused me considerable unease, mental discomfort and serious uncertainty. What is "cognitive linguistics" ? What is "diachronic change" ? What is "kaleidoscopic grammar" ? What is "typology" ? Forgive my ignorance. I pressed on.

There is a substantial section dealing with The Seafarer in Sense of Emptiness, and I at first assumed this part was written by Pernilla, who is Swedish. I had discovered these comments in Google Books. Now, November 2017, that the book itself, 2012, has come into my hands I realise this section was written by Tatyana Solomonik-Pankrashova, Vilnius University, see above. Tatyana reveals some familiarity with Old Scandinavian myth and idiom, and has a refreshingly pan-European interest in these areas, unlike the average Anglo-American Anglo-Saxonist. It is a great pity, though, that the seafarer's central crux translation is by S.A.J.Bradley. As follows:

Sadly, Bradley's crux translation is not bad, it's atrocious. It might be called a scrutiny to one's intellectual alacrity. Virtually all the key words are given faulty interpretations: hyge and modsefa are not interchangeable; hweorfe­ doesn't mean wanders; mereflode doesn't mean ocean tide; eorþan sceatas doesn't mean earth's expanses; cyme­ eft doesn't mean comes back; gifre ond grŠdig may imply avid, but not covetous; anfloga doesn't mean lone flier; gielle­ and hwete­ don't mean calls and urges; onwŠl weg is seriously mis-emended here, and doesn't mean on the whale-path; hreþer unwearnum certainly doesn't mean spirit irresistibly; ofer holma gelagu doesn't mean over waters of oceans. Bradley reads the text to suit his preconceived purpose. I am repeating my comments here, just so that their truth will come to be appreciated.

Within the pages of The Sense of Emptiness, nevertheless, when once what Mark Griffith has called the verbal junk of cognition has been jettisoned, and the bewildering bafflegab of emptiness has been erased, we get down to some revealing information about wŠl-weg. See here for the arguable links of wongas with sceatas, and come thus to appreciate the arguable links of sceatas with wŠl weg. A further substantial extract, relevant if somewhat confusing, from The Sense of Emptiness is given here

val means death; kyrie means choose.
anfloga means on-flier.

Now let us get on with Memory, Mind and Language, edited by Hans G÷tzsche. This was actually published in 2010, before Sense of Emptiness. No matter. It's the article by Tatyana I'm after: the concept of soul in Anglo-Saxon. Lovely to see usage of Anglo-Saxon.

Recent makers of Anglo-Saxon dictionaries, especially The [! ! !] Old English Dictionary, strongly resemble people setting out to fill in crossword puzzles without reading the clues. It can be done, but makes very little sense.

essays and papers
commentary       annotation
back to this version: commentary four
the names of scania       back to l÷ddesborg
forward to lund med omnejd        on to twenty years on
anthony      tower of babel       bede
back to language of ancent britain
gothonic or old scandinavian
gata and strada    geats
hollander & gradon       frank, mere, sund
sweet, bradbury, emptiness
back to oppenheimer
main index
try ship four
mail here


© Charles Harrison-Wallace 2015, 2017
all rights reserved

My fellow man I do not care for
I often ask me what he's there for
The only answer I can find
Is reproduction of his kind
Ogden Nash