How much of a language is silent? What does it look like when you take the silence out? Can we use code as a tool to answer these questions?

silenc is a tangible visualization of an interpretation of silent letters within Danish, English and French.

One of the hardest parts about language learning is pronunciation; the less phonetic the alphabet, the harder it is to correctly say the words. A common peculiarity amongst many Western languages is the silent letter. A silent letter is a letter that appears in a particular word, but does not correspond to any sound in the word’s pronunciation.

A selection of works by Hans Christian Andersen is used as a common denominator for these “translations”. All silent letters are set in red text. When viewed with a red light filter, these letters disappear, leaving only the pronounced text.

By Manas Karambelkar, Momo Miyazaki, Kenneth A. Robertsen.
Made during the Data Visualization course 2012 at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. Faculty: Golan Levin and Marcin Ignac.

flickr.com/photos/kennethaleksander/sets/72157629659743887

golancourses.net/ciid/19/silenc/

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