Linguist Peter Burleigh
☮ What do you do exactly?⧯: I am a dad, a linguist, a lover (she said) and becoming Deleuzian. IRL I grade papers and drive my girlfriend around.
☮ Have you ever thought to invent a new English word? if yes how that would be?
⧯: I had. Yesterday. But forgot what. The beauty of communication is in between words; words are rough designators around which the slight ephemera of meaning gather. So if that word was invented it’d be a blunt sketch of the linguistically uncovered notion—it’s just as well I forgot.
☮ :Does it influence you emotionally the language you are speaking? and if yes can you tell me an example?
⧯: Ashamed to say I only speak English properly. I get very irritated when tones of language, an essential and very private and precious tool, are used manipulatively in the grotesque neo-liberal “let-us-work-for-you” farce. Companies assuming the voice of a friend, from the non-capitalized smoothie to British Airways “To Fly – To Serve” logo drive me mad. I AM NOT YOUR MATE.