Speak of

Parergon

Senior Member
Italiano, Italia
The neoclassical tradition in economics speaks of organizations as a mere tool to combine the factors of production – inputs that are turned into outputs.

* Do you think "speak of" is correct in this context? Or would you say something different to say "consider/see"?
 
  • nzseries1

    Senior Member
    New Zealand - English
    Using speak of is correct. You could use "consider" or "see", but note the difference:

    Using "speak of", this means there is actually explicit or documented evidence that the tradition thinks of organizations this way.
    Using "consider/see", it's more likely to be implicit or inferred.
     

    m5acb

    New Member
    UK: English
    It is not "The neoclassical tradition in economics" that "speak of" it should be the advocates (i.e. the people that hold the beliefs) that do the speaking. Therefore I would write "The advocates of the neoclassical tradition in economics speak of..."

    Kind regards,
     

    nzseries1

    Senior Member
    New Zealand - English
    M5acb, I don't agree.

    Would you not say "The bible speaks of..." simply because it is the people the bible talks about that actually does the speaking, not the bible itself?
     

    m5acb

    New Member
    UK: English
    No, I would not say that "The bible speaks of..." unless one is being deliberately poetic.

    I would be more likely to say "It says in the bible..." or "The bible stories describe...

    I can almost hear my English master shouting " A bible cannot speak".

    But maybe I'm old fashioned, since my English master must have died some time ago.
     

    nzseries1

    Senior Member
    New Zealand - English
    I would be more likely to say "It says in the bible..." or "The bible stories describe...

    I agree with what you say here, and you're right, it is very poetic. Perhaps I have just become so used to hearing constructions such as this, that it simply sounds completely natural to me now.
     
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