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The Painted Word From Hieroglyphics To Braille

Peter Frank | Posted 11.12.2012 | Arts
Peter Frank

One picture, goes the saw, is worth a thousand words. But each word in fact contains several pictures. Writing is as much a pictorial as a literary craft; originating in hieroglyphs, written words emerged as stylized depictions of the things they connoted, and the traces of those depictions have persisted even in our phoneme-based alphabets.