Modern theories often imply that the power of words lies in other words. Signs are thought to embrace other signs. Signs copulate. Signs materialize. Word turns to body, body to word, and eventually into a marching army of metaphors, metonymies, and anthropomorfeces.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
In Lines of Power/Limits of Language (1991), Gunnar Olsson ruminates on the power of language, and we were instantly enchanted by his use of the word "abcdef-mindedness." He notes: