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Overview

Roy Harris' Signs of Writing is the first book to provide a new general theory of writing in over forty years. Harris disputes the supposition that writing is peripheral to linguistic study and provides a unique argument for its vitality to our understanding of language,

communication and cognition. Addressing the nature of writing and discussing how it differs from all other forms of human communication, he shows how musical, mathematical and other forms of writing obey the same principles as verbal writing--principles which govern texts of all kinds.

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A new general theory of writing that transcends the assumption that it is merely a visual substitute for speech. Treats writing as an independent mode of communication based on the use of spatial relations to connect events separated by time. Shows how the principles apply to musical and mathematical notation as well as to texts ranging from hieroglyphics and sonnets to signatures on a check, supermarket labels, and hypertext. Assumes no specialized knowledge of linguistics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415100885
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/6/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
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
10 Signs, emblems and tokens 71
11 The signature 80
12 Sign and signification 84
13 Writing, script and chart 91
14 Scripts and levels 95
15 Scripts and notations 102
16 Script and structure 106
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
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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