Linguistic potentialities : Mallarmé and the S.M.S. (1)

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Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898) was not only an amazing and a cursed poet according to the great Paul Verlaine himself but also someone who thought that the poet had to complete a noble and hard task in the world in which he was born: to destabilise any kind of language, to endlessly make it viber, and to create a new way of expressing our own feelings and thoughts. Gilles Deleuze has written down some fascinating and interesting thoughs about the french writer Marcel Proust (1871-1922) and what he has done to the french language, something which can be also relevant about Mallarmé: ‘ il a fait bégayer la langue française ‘, ‘ il a transformé sa propre langue, sa langue maternelle en langue étrangère ‘, which means in french that ‘ he has made the french language stammer ‘, ‘ he has changed his own language, he has turned his mother language into a foreign one ‘. How did Mallarmé destabilise or make the french language stammer? I’ll explain it to you in the other article related to Mallarmé and the S.M.S.

What about the S.M.S? Let me be honest folks. I do not know much about it, except that it comes from the Scandinavia, and that it has been created in order to help partially deaf people to communicate between each other at the end of the 20th century. But I do know that it is one of the main evolution of the language, which has not been taken too seriously from an aesthetic and an artistic perspective. In other words the aesthetic and artistic potentialities of this type of language are still nonexistent. 

Once and again I am going to link 2 different items, an old and a dead one to another one, which is accurate and alive, in this case a french poet who has been slightly forgotten in France I must say, and something that most of the trendy human beings often use everyday: the famous S.M.S., the Short Message Service, or this virtual way of writing and using loads of abbreviations and numbers at once in order to quickly and simply communicate to each other. 

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