Taxidermy for Language-Animals

Taxidermy for Language-Animals
© Photo: Simon Schmid, Swiss National Library

Taxidermy for Language-Animals
© Photo: Simon Schmid, Swiss National Library

Taxidermy for Language-Animals
© Photo: Simon Schmid, Swiss National Library

Taxidermy for Language-Animals
© Photo: Simon Schmid, Swiss National Library

Tine Melzer's volume of essays explores philosophical, literary and artistic approaches to the playfulness of language. Featuring a wealth of material, the softcover comprises an array of text and image combinations in a successful demonstration of how to blend theory and practice. While the book invites the reader to observe, study but also write in it, the thin paper and unpretentious design mean that the volume will inevitably soon show signs of use. One outstanding typographical feature is the blue footnote numbers and the green figures in the margins, referencing parallel passages in the book. This can be seen as an ironic treatment of the central theme of parroting, which is announced on the cover and addressed in the introduction: just as the colourful bird does not understand the words it is repeating, citation references can result in the statements of others being incorrectly reported.

 

Author:
Tine Melzer, Zürich
Design:
Urs Lehni, Zürich
Printing:
Printall AS, Tallinn (EE)
Publisher:
Rollo Press, Zürich
ISBN:
978-3-906213-10-1
Dimensions in mm:
260 × 170 × 19

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