Oneirokritika

Subj: Words within words:
Daydreaming in Greek

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 1999 5:56:17 PM

From: Jessica
Donahue

To: Tomrip5@aol.com
Earl
Jackson, Jr
.

Over the weekend I began learning the Greek Alphabet.
I have always had a lot of trouble with math, mostly because of things
like imaginary numbers and statements about when a person adds an infinite
amount of numbers to another infinite amount of numbers, the answer is
a finite number. I could ever stop asking questions like what happens if
we get to infinity? And how come we can’t get to infinity, but what would
it mean if we did?

Needless to say I did not last long in math classes
where others could remain more focused. I also felt that mathematics was
a language that I never quite grasped the alphabet to. I figured that there
was some key Out There and I had just missed it somewhere along the way.
It has only been in the last few years that I’ve been able to put my questions
aside long enough to learn some of the mathematical alphabet.

Of course, not long enough not to jump to even stranger
questions ( like the relationship between Einstein’s
general theory of Relativity
and Stream of Consciousness writing before
and during WWI).

Anyway, distractions aside learning the Greek alphabet
for a second time (I had to take Greek during seventh and eighth grades)
I realized something I missed before. If the names of letters of the Greek
alphabet have meanings, like alpha being first, for example, and the letters
make up words, do all the meanings of the individual letters within the
word give the word another reading? In other words are there words
within the words
? Not necessarily meanings
that people read


consciously [@
– ett tecken i tiden
], but I wish I knew Greek
better
so I could give an example to
make my question clearer
. I guess this is also my attraction to Japanese
and Chinese characters, the words within the words. . . I was also wondering
if Greek was traditionally also written with brush strokes, I am learning
calligraphy (
Gaelic
and Chinese characters) so If you had any examples
I’d love to take a look .

Thanks, Jessica

HI, Jessica,

This was a brilliant contribution to the conversation,
and I’m rewarding you with a special collection – a webliography designed
specifically for you –

The Jessica Donohue
Webliography of Writing Systems

General and India

The
Inscription Project
Ancient
Scripts of the World
The
Brahmi Script of Ancient India
The
Afroasiatic Index Project

Rebus[es {?}]

Rebus
3
BEKO
– IHI – REBUS Visualierung komplexer Zustände

Cuneiform and Sumeria

Journal
of Cuneiform Studies Home Page
The
cuneiform writing system (Babylonian and Assyrian cuneiform texts)
Cuneiform
sign lists
cuneiform.html
Cuneiform.html
Sumerian

Anthropological Approaches

Indo
European Studies
Hellenistic
Greek Linguistics Pages
UCSB
Cool Anthropology Web Sites Feature
 
Pompeii

Linguistic and Semoitic Approaches

Jim
Jewett’s Language resources


The
Philologist and the Internet


The
Semiotic Review of Books


A
Web of On-line Grammars


Gramat

Gaelic

KAMILAROI/GAMILARAAY
DICTIONARY


Questions
Concerning Certain Faculties Claimed for Man


Rhetoric
Rhetoric Rhetoric


Language_today/

Lexicon
of Linguistics


Bulgarian
Dictionary


Morphological
Analysis

Morphology
Semiotics
Semiotics
Home Page
Six
Modes of Peircean Abduction
 

The
Wede:i Language


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