J. R. R. Tolkien Quote

The basic pleasure in the phonetic elements of a language and in the style of their patterns, and then in a higher dimension, pleasure in the association of these word-forms with meanings, is of fundamental importance. This pleasure is quite distinct from the practical knowledge of a language, and not the same as an analytic understanding of its structure. It is simpler, deeper-rooted, and yet more immediate than the enjoyment of literature.


English and Welsh (1955)

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The basic pleasure in the phonetic elements of a language and in the style of their patterns, and then in a higher dimension, pleasure in the...

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The basic pleasure in the phonetic elements of a language and in the style of their patterns, and then in a higher dimension, pleasure in the...

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The basic pleasure in the phonetic elements of a language and in the style of their patterns, and then in a higher dimension, pleasure in the...

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The basic pleasure in the phonetic elements of a language and in the style of their patterns, and then in a higher dimension, pleasure in the...