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A short idiosyncratic introduction to the relation between speech, writing and typography based on article by Ellen Lupton

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Languageletter

  1. 1. what islanguage?
  2. 2. Language is a system of units andrules. The units are words and therules are the forms of grammar whichorder words. In different languages thegrammar rules are different, as are thewords, but the structure is still thesame in all languages: words are puttogether within a grammatical systemto make meaning.
  3. 3. Ferdinand du Saussure
  4. 4. Writing obscures language• To Saussure spoken language is superior to written• The (western) alphabet Tiger r only simulates the sounds of the language
  5. 5. Writing obscures language• Alphabetic writing is like a photograph – An automatic record of the surface of language
  6. 6. Jaques Derrida Phonetic writing does not exist
  7. 7. Writing is not a secondarycopy of speech• Ideographic signs exist• Graphemes ; 214
  8. 8. Writing is not a secondarycopy of speech• Derrida is especially interested in iamacat word spacing
  9. 9. Ellen Lupton Typography … has moved writing away from speech
  10. 10. 114
  11. 11. 11501320
  12. 12. Typografi is what language lookslike:Dramatize the intrusion of visualform into verbal content, theinvasion of ”ideas” by graphicmarks, gaps and differences.

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