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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 5:45 pm    Post subject: Dancing Letters Reply with quote

I wrote this idea down in alt.memetics on Usenet more than a year ago, and yet it still appears to me. Someone mentioned it may have some commonality in the motor theory of language.

What I said was that behavior, like bee dances, is communication (or, rather, what we define as communication, is another form of us watching behavior ).

Now take language. Our eyes move across a page...so whereas we think of text as static ( as opposed to movies ) it's really quite dynamic. Text has to be read, left to right, or right to left. In essence we make our own little kinemascope with the letters -- so we're really watching behavior as the letters and words move across the page.
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