Understanding Signs

Monday, 4 April Begins: 18:09

 If Eco is right then the start of Chapter 2 of his Theory of Semiotics (p48) then “[I am] now in a position to recognise the difference between a signal and a sign”.

 [SS I can certainly recognise the Ingrid Bergman rose in front of me.

I recognise Bette Midler belting her heart out beside me

I can recognise the tears in my eyes.

I can recognise the worry I feel for my sick Dad.

What are these signs of?

OS Sadness!

SS I am hungry.  Carrot and butternut soup and raw carrot tortillas. 

OS That should help.  Come back though!]


[SS I am back, but barely

OS Just keep going]

A sign is always..

[rushing thoughts of my work at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission writing summaries of ‘victim’s’ experiences of apartheid made me angry with grammar.  The structure of the English language reduced their meaning, shortened the expression of their experience, and cut their voices.

OS That was only one context.

SS Yes.  However, it was mine.  My responsibility to ‘summarise’ their story.

OS You had to end it.  That was what was asked of you.  However, the end of their story was not necessarily the end of their life.

SS It was on the page.  When you are writing.  The page is call that counts.

 “If a comma could extend years, or a colon could bring them to life; Then I wouldn’t be so frantic about the full stop I face tonight”.

Ends 18:46

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