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  • The fundamental components of any literary articulation — as a babbling in sound or a squiggling in ink — are phonemes or graphemes, verbal or visual figurae.

    Notes on Notes

  • Mostly just jabber and daubings, I say, because while many of the visual figurae of various languages have their roots in pictograms, in English these figurae can now safely be described as arbitrary.

    Notes on Notes

  • Note 23: Jacques-Fabien Gautier, [Photophysis chroagenesis]: de optice errores Isaaci Newtonis ... demonstrans: ad illustrandas experientias sex figurae geometrices, simul & prismatum construendorum modus novus hîc accedunt ...

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • In each case, Kant tells us, the argument is guilty of the fallacy of sophisma figurae dictionis, or the fallacy of equivocation/ambiguous middle.

    Kant's Critique of Metaphysics

  • Scholars have held that the historicity of the figurae radically differentiates them from allegorical emblems, such as the anchor of faith.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • _Fast_ I 133-34 (Janus speaking) 'uis mea narrata est. causam nunc disce figurae:/iam tamen hanc _aliqua_ tu quoque _parte_ uides'.

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • Archaeological researches demonstrate this from pictures found in the catacombs, and Pope St. Zephyrinus (A.D. 201-219) calls the altar-bread "coronam sive oblatam sphericae figurae".

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • Thus the conclusion is here arrived at by a Sophisma figurae dictionis.

    The Critique of Pure Reason

  • There is, therefore, a dialectical fallacy in the syllogism -- a sophisma figurae dictionis.

    The Critique of Pure Reason

  • Interrogatus apparet Ovidio cum infigni - bns89 - 99, et ipferesfuas explicat, ac primum qui - dem originem faam atque figuram 100 - 114* tum offi - cia et inde orta nomina 115 - 132, cauflam quoque figurae

    P. Ovidii Nasonis Fastorum libri VI.


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  • If my name were Hjelmslev, I'd think twice before coining any new terms. Physician, Hjeal thyslev!

    February 16, 2008

  • "Figurae (singular, figura) are the non-signifying constituents of signifiers (signs). For example, letters of the alphabet are the figurae that comprise a written word (signifier). In the semiotic language of Louis Hjelmslev, the coiner of this term, figurae serve only to distinguish elements (e.g. words) of the expression plane from each other, independently from the content plane."

    - Wikipedia

    February 16, 2008