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A`dam´ic


a.1.Of or pertaining to Adam, or resembling him.
Adamic earth
a name given to common red clay, from a notion that Adam means red earth.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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However, he is suspicious of the notion of "an authentic language", the quest of which "is pursued within a framework in which language, consciousness, and landscape are interrelated" (1988: 7), and argues that "dissatisfaction with English would in truth hold for any other language, since the language being sought after is a natural or Adamic language, one in which Africa will naturally express itself, that is to say, a language in which there is no split between signifier and signified, and things are their names" (1988: 9).
When his earliest disciples performed the ecstatic act of glossolalia, he often told them they were speaking the "pure Adamic language, that which was spoken in the garden of Eden." (110) The Latter-day Saints did not hide this belief from outsiders.
Rather than attempting to reconfigure the Adamic language, the language planners' principal goal was more modest: effectually to reverse the 'confusion of tongues' imposed upon humankind at Babel" (117).
Emerson asserts that such "was the history of man in the beginning, and it is the history of man now." In fact, the "everlasting analogies" are "as flesh and significant to us as [they were] to Adam in the garden." (22) What Emerson gives us in statements such as these is what James Perrin Warren has called "a secularized account of Adamic language." (23) There is no doubt in Emerson's mind that language is "the subtlest, strongest, and longest-lived of man's creations" (CW 1: 110; emphasis added).
They would indeed become beasts, much like the animals Adam named -- or catalogued, one might say -- with that now lost Adamic language that was also reputedly more precise and closer to reality than our own post-lapsarian languages are.
AI may be heir to searches for the perfect pre-Babel Adamic language, but more mundane su ggestions can also be advanced.
Hence, the animal in 'Der Bau' never wishes for total security because he has constructed his enemy in his own image; the imperial message fails to arrive because it was merely a wish on the part of its projected recipient; the parable 'Das Stadtwappen' is interpreted as an ironic commentary on the myth of an Adamic language, to which Hofmannsthal looks back in 'Ein Brief'.
Among the various examples that are documented the author recalls people like Columbus, who, "while he was wrong, pursued faithfully his error and proved to be right-thanks to serendipity." Furthermore, it appears that "lunacy," for Eco, at least in terms of the search for the perfect language, lies not so much in this search itself as in believing that one has arrived at the truth about the origin of a primordial/ Adamic language.
Thus Etheria/Zephyra is killed by the violent figure which in the novel stands for the myth of a universal Adamic language, for the Oneness which is equally and monomaniacally pursued both by Angus and Tubbs.
In its conflation of sound and sense, signifier and signified, it bears some resemblance to the imagined Adamic language in which words contained in themselves knowledge and power over what they named.
In reading Book 8, Snider turns to the problem of Adamic language, in which words and things cohere, and to the seventeenth-century controversy about "pre-Adamitism", i.e., that Adam was not the only source of succeeding generations, and that the primitive peoples of Africa and the New World descended from different ancestry (134-36).