edclear:"Language isn't authoritarian in any way, that's like saying a knife is authoritarian."
who are you responding to here? it can't be me, since i said nothing of the sort.what i did say :"what i do refuse, however, is their (words) authority and the authority of discourses which gird them". its seems obvious i wasn't speaking of language in toto, but the authority given (and taken as given) to words-in-discourse.
i'm done conversing with you at this time. best.
Trolling, never been fishing in my life. If you mean the more modern meaning, not so. When someone comes out with "words have no basic meaning", I think the obvious has to be stated. Dictionaries would not exist, teachers of language would not exist, etc. Indeed, we'd just be grunting, pointing, and generally leaping around trying to make ourselves understood. One second thoughts, maybe a shared language doesn't exist.
Yep, I know the feeble attempts at justification for all manner of issues, large and small, but they'll always be just that... attempts.
"Authority"... "Authoritarian", same difference, one leading naturally to the other.