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Monday, October 7, 2013

Better logopeia definition

... it employs words not only for their direct meaning, but it takes count in a special way of habits of usage, of the context we expect to find with the word, its usual concomitants, of its known acceptances, and of ironical play. It holds the aesthetic content that is peculiarly the domain of verbal manifestation, and cannot possibly be contained in plastic or in music.
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1 comment:

Jonathan said...

Habits of usage: in other words, the way the word is used in context.

Concomitants: words we expect to find in the vicinity of the word. Like you might find swarm in the vicinity of insect.

Its known acceptances. I take acceptance here to mean a meaning.

Peculiarly the domain of verbal... cannot be reduced to image or sound.