Eagleton: Which Came First: The Word or The Speaker
"To be able to transmit a message at all, he or she must already be caught up in and constituted by language. In the beginning was the Word" (Eagleton 98).
This passage sounds an awful like the chicken and the egg argument. I hope I don't need to point out that there is no answer to this kind of illogic. I would have to agree with Levi-Strauss' idea that language "...must have been born at a stroke" (Eagleton 98), because there is no slow moving idea that in my mind at least makes sense in any other formation of language. I immediately got a picture of two cave men in my head when I read this section. They are perched on the edge of a field in which great Wooley Mammoths are grazing. They both speak the same grunt at the same time, surprised they look at one another and realize they just gave this animal a name.