Sunday, March 08, 2009

Seeing labels

The Child by Alex Gopher

There are a few interesting examples of how language is conventional and words can separate from meanings. The <lift> is moving down. The <subway> is elevated.

I'm not quite sure what to make of each individual person on the street being represented by the plural noun people, or the signs in other alphabets.

And hey– if this is in New York, why is it called a lift?

1 comment:

  1. In a slightly unrelated vein, I noticed that when you fingerspell "up" in sign language, your hand ends up pointing down. Which seems odd. But it's only fingerspelling, so blame English.


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