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Arhailisest ja sekundaarsest kirjast ning kultuurimuutustest
On Archaic and Secondary Writing and Cultural Changes

Author(s): Art Leete
Subject(s): Customs / Folklore
Published by: Eesti Kirjandusmuuseum

Summary/Abstract: The article connects sensing the landscape and orienting with the notion of a kind of 'sign', 'writing' or 'language'. The connection is formed by an extremly wide and generalised interpretation of these notions. The primary or archaic writing is culture specific communicative manipulating with environmental differences. Its usage is based on the expected heterogenity, asymmetry and discrreteness principle of space. Secondary writing is a consensual, traditionally levelled strategy to store and communicate information in a constantly perceived visual form. This ties the notion 'writing' to certin levels of the language structure, a level of normative symbolization, the formation of which is often seen as the emrgence of real writing. In the course of cultural changes, teh secondary writing is gaining ever more significance, although manipulating natural surroundings remains as an archaic layer of writing also in later communicative techniques.

  • Issue Year: 1998
  • Issue No: 07
  • Page Range: 38-44
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Estonian