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ERIC Number: ED401573
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Beginning at the Beginning: The Alphabet's Origins as the Foundation for Interdisciplinary Writing Instruction.
Lipman, Joel
The origins of written language and the study of the alphabet's evolution from pictographic icon or glyph to phonetic, syllabic code are fundamental to the study of writing. Electronically-generated typographies have reawakened interest in letterforms, alphabets, typefaces, and the physical arrangement of words on the page. Fonts, a word that languished within the typographer's specific lexicon during centuries of cold type, has emerged as a term of the desktopper's common parlance, and a click of a mouse chooses or manipulates a typeface. The development of alphabets form their iconographic and ideographic, presyllabic, embryonic origins through fanciful display types of the 19th century provided a foundation for an interdisciplinary (Art/English) course in Visual Language. The curricular model of the Bauhaus school of art and design shapes an instructor's ideas of presenting the course that covered both the basic origins and increasingly complex interrelationships of visual language. The fusion of craft, art, and technology that resounds through the philosophy and design achievements of the Bauhaus is achieved in the composition and text of Paul Klee's "Pedagogical Sketchbook." The stages of writing--from iconography to ideographic to analytic to phonetic--comprise the graphic story fundamental to usefully understanding the reflective strokes of written language. (Contains eight notes.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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