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From Ferdinand de Saussure, Course in General Linguistics--
The linguistic sign, being auditory in nature, has a temporal aspect, and hence certain temporal characteristics: (a) it occupies a certain temporal space, and (b) this space is measured in just one dimension: it is a line

This principle is obvious, but it seems never to be stated, doubtless because it is considered too elementary. However, it is a fundamental principle and its consequences are incalculable.

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hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: December 6th, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
"Yes, this is my singing voice. And it's not irony."

Art Brut is fantastic!
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: December 6th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Definitely!

And this collage is too.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 9th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks. I like doing word-image collages. It suits my roving mind.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 9th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
This ranks as one of the most spot-on comments I've ever received. I'm in awe. And I love Art Brut as well.
hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: December 9th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You said "spot-on."
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 9th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That's a Hamburg license plate in that LJ icon.
hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: December 9th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes it is! begrid took that picture for me when she was there because of the "HH" and my LJ icon project.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 9th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I know my Landkreise!

In other news, since the tea room is closed tomorrow, we were wondering whether a picnic at the park might appeal to you. You could bring the dogs.
From: bobo_amargo Date: December 7th, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

These Eyes Were Made for Seeing

To the extent that I understand what Saussure is avowing, is it really "obvious" that the temporal "space" the linguistic auditory sign occupies is linear? Heidegger's account of the spatial nonpresence of things that are nevertheless present to us (he avoids the apparent contradiction by juxtaposing the Greek word for "presence" to the Latinate) takes as its most prominent instance the being of sounds and voices emanating from the near distance. Their emanation is decidedly nonlinear. Martin Jay has written him up for promoting the casting down of our eyes, but Heidegger cites St. Augustine on the importance of keeping the metaphorics of seeing reined in, not in ruins.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 9th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: These Eyes Were Made for Seeing

I love that: "reined in, not in ruins." It's Heideggerian in a good way. And, whatever my issues with Martin, that he is absolutely correct on this point. So is Derrida, though I wonder why he didn't do more with the local temporality Saussure is referring to in this passage. What needs to be deconstucted here is not the fetish of the origin, but the fetish of the endlessly deferred telos that serves as a "One-Way Street" sign.
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