>> Conference: The graphic representation of language in the Western World
by José Antonio Millán
September 1st 2007 at La Casa Encendida (Madrid, Spain)
The graphic representation of language in the Western World begins as a continuous stream of characters, which try to reproduce the continuity of sound emission. The Signs –-dots and lines-– begin to emerge through the centuries trying to indicate pauses and voice inflections, and therefore, the subtleties of meaning itself. The history of dots and lines in written language (what we still call today “punctuation”) narrates the passionate tale of the attempts to write out the human breath.
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