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A few years later, in 1960, he says precisely the opposite, arguing that "no metalanguage can be spoken."
No "Outside" of Language
This is reminiscent of Heidegger's views on the impossibility of exiting "the house of language."
Metalanguage Does Not Exist
Meaning Beyond Language
This also appears similar to the structuralist theme of il n'y a rien hors du texte ("there is nothing outside the text"), but it is not the same; Lacan does not deny that there is a beyond of language (this beyond is the real), but he does argue that this beyond is not of a kind that could finally anchor meaning.
No Other of the Other
The same point is also expressed in the phrase:
"There is no Other of the Other."
- Jakobson, Roman. "Linguistics and poetics," in Selected Writings, vol. II, Poetry of Grammar and Grammar of Poetry, The Hague: Mouton, 1981 ., p. 25
- Lacan, Jacques. The Seminar. Book III. The Psychoses, 1955-56. Trans. Russell Grigg. London: Routledge, 1993. p. 226
- Lacan, Jacques. Écrits: A Selection. Trans. Alan Sheridan. London: Tavistock Publications, 1977. p.311
- Lacan, Jacques. Écrits. Paris: Seuil, 1966. p. 867-8
- Lacan, Jacques. Écrits: A Selection. Trans. Alan Sheridan. London: Tavistock Publications, 1977. p. 311