Structuralism and Semiotics, Terence Hawkes

Can we have a language and no structure within that, classifications of objects of words a word will always have a second relation to something else

vellum – calfskin thomas de quincy

“What else than a natural and and mighty palimpsest is the human brain?[…] Everlasting layers of ideas, images, feelings, have fallen upon your brain softly as light. Each succession has seemed to bury all that went before. And yet, in reality, not one has been extinguished. And if, in the vellum palimpsest, lying amongst the other diplomata of human archives or libraries, there is anything fantastic or which moves to laughter, as oftentimes there is in the grotesque collisions of those successive themes, having no natural connection, which by pure accident have consecutively occupied the roll, yet, in our own heaven-created palimpsest the deep memorial palimpsest of the brain, there are not and cannot be incoherencies.”

De Quincey, Thomas “The palimpsest of the human brain.” 1845 Quotidiana Ed. Patrick Madden 1 December 2006 16th March 2015


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