By Don Gifford
In James Joyce's early paintings, as in Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, meanings are frequently hid in vague allusions and info of veiled suggestive energy. constant popularity of those hidden signififances in Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a tender guy will require an encyclopedic wisdom of lifestyles in 19th- and twentieth-century Dublin akin to few readers own. Now this considerably revised and accelerated version of Don Gifford's Notes to Joyce: ''Dubliners'' and ''A Portrait of the Artist as a tender Man'' places the needful wisdom on the disposal of students, scholars, and basic readers. An abundant introductory essay offers the old, biographical, and geographical history for Dubliners and Portrait. The annotations that keep on with gloss position names, outline slang phrases, recount correct gossip, supply pill histories of associations and political and cultural pursuits and figures, offer bits of neighborhood and Irish legend and lore, clarify non secular nomenclature and practices, and light up cryptic allusions to literature, theology, philosophy, technology and the humanities. Professor Gifford's labors in collecting those info right into a unmarried quantity have led to a useful source-book for all scholars of Joyce's paintings.
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It can even be said that the internal struc ture of sets of meanings is dominated by relations of analyticity and synonymy, or that the equivalence of semantic terms — let it be primitive entities of the dictionary is total. It has even been argued that meaning production is immanent to the dictionary. Still, Frege adds the encyclopedia to the dictionary. Even if Gedanke, 'thoughts', are the semantic entities, there is no meaning without reference; Fregean semantics is clearly remote from a syntactic or grammatical semantics à la Chomsky.
We find in the Sources manuscrites that "lan guage is a reservoir of forms, thought of or known by the mind", and that "Language is an internal treasure deposed in any brain, constantly classified, analyzed and interpreted" (Godel 1957: 280; translation mine). But Saussure writes elsewhere that it is the nature of language to be "a social product" or "The set of necessary conventions adopted by the social body in order to allow the use of the linguistic faculty among individuals" (Godel 1957: 266; transition mine).
Peircean formalism, on the other hand, his logic of action, his logical view of the interpreter as a semiotic and not a psycho-social entity, has almost been betrayed by many of his so-called followers, who do not aim at systematic deduction but at taxonomies; it seems that a priori categories are not accepted anymore in this framework, and abductive methodology is no longer acceptable, because of the reputation of the 'empirical' adequacy of a science, but all of this is far removed from the context within which Peirce originally operated.