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- n. The idea that sounds and speech are inherently superior to (or more natural than) written language.
a pan-euphonic suffusion: a kind of phonocentrism writ large.
He uses Derrida's suspicion of Western phonocentrism and priviledging of the spoken word over the written word which has led to our multiplying narrators in the Tales: thus, we trust a narrator more because he is speaking, rather than allowing ourselves to trust the textuality of the poem.
Voice in Taylor, then, is not to be thought of as beckoning towards phonocentrism (Derrida, Speech and Phenomena).
“flattening” or “bi-univocalization”: two chains are lined up, one to one, the written and the spoken (205-6; cf. Derrida's notion of “phonocentrism”).