Glyph

Glyph

Alice writes, “This is an Aztec speech glyph that dates back before the conquest.  I’m a linguist, and I believe this glyph embodies the impossible elegance of spoken language as well as the intrinsically artificial and cumbersome nature of written language.”

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  1. “the impossible elegance of spoken language as well as the intrinsically artificial and cumbersome nature of written language.””

    Hmmm … I’m going to have to think about this one. My first reaction was that it was about as silly a statement as I’d seen in quite a while, but it’s worth considering.

  2. Yeah, it’s a little pretentious-sounding, but I figured I could either say that or go into a paragraphs-long rant about why I love language, so I figured this was best for now. I think anybody who’s studied some linguistics will kind of get what I’m going for, but if you’re curious:

    impossible elegance: refers to how, the more I study language, I find an incredible amount of detail and complication that is somehow resolved in an immediately recognizable system of communication. Crap, that sounded pretentious, too. Like, the stuff that goes on in your brain for you to be able to say, “Where did she go?” is pretty wild. There, that’s better, right?

    intrinsically artificial and cumbersome nature of written language: written language IS an artificial representation of a mental process, and the whole process is of course more cumbersome than speaking. So I could get into it here, but I sort of have a love-hate relationship with writing. The glyph is on my right arm (the arm I write with) to signify that.

    Hopefully that will give you a better idea of where I’m coming from (I mean, if you’re still interested at this point) and show that I’m actually not a pretentious jerk. I just write like I am.

    -Alice

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