Usher fallen into runes

 

saxa loquentur  mater tenebrarum mater suspiriorum bruder tod
mater lacrymarum 

From a notebook for his study
on the Nibelungen
Ferdinand de
 Saussure
 Legend
forms itself
from a series of symbols in a manner to be specified.


-These symbols are unconsciously subject to the
same
variations
and laws as any other series of symbols,
for example, the symbols which are the words

of
language
.
 They are all
part of semiology

.

 

 

 

.

 

 

As there is no system which establishes
that
a symbol must remain fixed
, or must be infinitely variable, it should
probably remain fixed within stated limits. 


 

 

which is to say, from the instant
at which
it
becomes immersed
in the social mass which at any given moment establishes
its value, its identity can never be fix
ed.
From
the instant at which
a
symbol becomes a symbol

.


Thus
the 
rune 
Y is a symbo
l
Its
IDENTITY
seems something so tangible, and almost ridiculous to establish it more
securely consists in this: 
that has the form Y;

that it
is read Z

that it is the letter numbered eighth in the
alphabet; 

that it is mystically
called
zann
, at least when it is cited as the first in the word.

After a short interval . . . it is the 10th
in the alphabet . . . 

but already here., IT begins to assume 
a unity which

Where is its identity
now
? ....any symbol, once in
general circulation – and symbols must exist only because they are in circulation
– is absolutely incapable of defining at any given instant what its identity
will be at

a
ny
subsequent instan
t
The terror of discovery The  fascination of the sign
home Jesserine

Chains
Philology
in
an other


another scene
 Semiotics
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