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Signs of Writing

Signs of Writing

by Professor Roy Harris, Roy Harris
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415100887

ISBN-13: 9780415100885

Pub. Date: 02/06/1996

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In Signs of Writing Roy Harris re-examines basic questions about writing that have long been obscured by the traditional assumption that writing is merely a visual substitute for speech.
By treating writing as an independent mode of communication, based on the use of spatial relations to connect events separated in time, the author shows how musical,

Overview

In Signs of Writing Roy Harris re-examines basic questions about writing that have long been obscured by the traditional assumption that writing is merely a visual substitute for speech.
By treating writing as an independent mode of communication, based on the use of spatial relations to connect events separated in time, the author shows how musical, mathematical and other forms of writing obey the same principles as verbal writing. These principles, he argues, apply to texts of all kinds: a sonnet, a symphonic score, a signature on a cheque and a supermarket label. Moreover, they apply throughout the history of writing, from hieroglyphics to hypertext.
This is the first book to provide a new general theory of writing in over forty years. Signs of Writing will be essential reading for anyone interested in language and communication.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415100885
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/06/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction 1

Part I A theory of writing

1 Perspectives on writing 11

2 Integrational semiology 21

3 A theory of writing 25

4 A theory of written communication 33

5 Writing and temporality 38

6 Writing and space 45

7 A theory of the written sign 50

8 A theory of writing systems 56

9 Forming, processing and interpretation 64

Part II Topics in the theory of the written sign

10 Signs, emblems and tokens 71

11 The signature 80

12 Sign and signification 84

Part III Topics in the theory of writing systems

13 Writing, script and chart 91

14 Scripts and levels 95

15 Scripts and notations 102

16 Script and structure 106

Part IV Topics in the theory of written communication

17 The writing surface 113

18 Graphic space 121

19 Direction 128

20 Non-glottic writing: mathematics 134

21 Other forms of non-glottic writing 145

Part V Postscript

22 Writing, context and culture 159

23 Writing and thought 164

Appendix A Notations as emblematic frames 168

Appendix B Punctuation 170

Appendix C Proto-writing 172

Appendix D Writing and analogy 174

Bibliography 177

Index 181

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