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,

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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
Introduction1
1Perspectives on writing11
2Integrational semiology21
3A theory of writing25
4A theory of written communication33
5Writing and temporality38
6Writing and space45
7A theory of the written sign50
8A theory of writing systems56
9Forming, processing and interpretation64
10Signs, emblems and tokens71
11The signature80
12Sign and signification84
13Writing, script and chart91
14Scripts and levels95
15Scripts and notations102
16Script and structure106
17The writing surface113
18Graphic space121
19Direction128
20Non-glottic writing: mathematics134
21Other forms of non-glottic writing145
22Writing, context and culture159
23Writing and thought164
Appendix A Notations as emblematic frames168
Appendix B Punctuation170
Appendix C Proto-writing172
Appendix D Writing and analogy174
Bibliography177
Index181

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