Signs of Writing
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.
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A theory of writing
Perspectives on writing II
A theory of written communication
Writing and temporality
H Writing and space
A theory of the written sign
A theorv of writing systems
Sign and signification
Topics in the theory of writing systems 13 Writing script and chart
Scripts and levels
Scripts and notations
Other forms of nonglottic writing
Forming processing and interpretation
Topics in the theory of the written sign 10 Signs emblems and tokens
Writing and thought
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