Foreign Language (Jacques Derrida and Me)

Geoffrey Bennington

in Not Half No End

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780748639854
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652105 | DOI:
Foreign Language (Jacques Derrida and Me)

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This chapter studies what is foreign in language. It first discusses the principle of schibboleth, which is a simple pronunciation that helps separate two different languages. It then studies the law of a person's first language and paradoxical liberty, which occurs when a person speaks his refuge-language.

Keywords: foreign language; schibboleth; paradoxical liberty; refuge-language; first language

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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