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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

grammatology

\gram-uh-TOL-uh-jee\ , noun;
1.
the scientific study of systems of writing.
Quotes:
"...He can figure out the surface of a cube and of a sphere, he's studied grammatology and stroboscopy, he has beautiful books in his library,” I explained all in one breath.
-- Emmanuel Dongala, Maria Louise Ascher, Johnny Mad Dog, 2007
"She was never in Troy," says one version of the myth, meeting, imaging in this negation the metaphysics or grammatology of absence implicit in optatives of the verb.
-- George Steiner, Antigones, 1996
Origin:
Grammatology was coined in the 1950s from Greek roots, the root grámma meaning "letter" and -ology, a combining form used in the names of sciences or bodies of knowledge.
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