“100 Notes on an Xlr8nst Linguistics”, by Max Trevor Thomas Edmond

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  1. [deleuze on teh portmanteau adn nonsens werd ov lewis carol etc (logic ov sense) adn in genral]
  2. “they belong 2 a synsthesis of coexistemce intended 2 garante teh conjunctn ov 2 series ov heteogenus propos8nz” (deluez).
  3. teh convegenc via teh bednign ov teh werd.
  4. removign teh recognisabel - teh recigniesd ties.
  5. bt cre8ign futehr ties.
  6.  + teh gaps cre8 ‘biger’ maenign (de landa); ie confusn or angr respon2 a gap/maenign 2big.
  7. tyign 2gehter moer tihng. openign spaec 4moer insertion ov content. oferign spaec 2teh lisner
  8. teh confusn is teh functnign ov a retyign. iz alrdy teh functnign ov ‘undrestadnabel’ langug; teh solution closre 2 hand. ov filign teh spaec(s) maed by werds.
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  10. “it circul8 thruout teh 2 dimensionz ov alimntry adn semiological orality” (deleuez)
  11. –> confusn in oral80 - teh ownership/posesion ov langaug by/in teh muoth. teh oral monumnt adn oralities-proprieties. comunic8iv feed thru tihs monument. empathies thru tihs sturctuer. (so also ownrsip ov teh mouts; oens ‘own’ mouht… teh ned2 own it, 2 ster it; 4 oenself adn 4 ohtrs –> also sterign ohtrs’ mouhtsz)
  12. taht wut iz raed run thru teh capac80z ov teh muoth. [teh overflowign ov tehse capac80s? fedign in2 ohter registerz - e.g. emotional]
  13. teh apropriabil80 ov teh werd - ov teh nonsens werd - ov taht wich is not ‘understod’ in teh literal regiser. e.g. teh ‘unpronuncable monosyllable’ (deleuze via lewis carol).
  14. bt also taht wut wol b receivd frm ne comunc8n wol b internal 2teh recievr newai. only a internal fascimile, baesd on teh capac80s ov/in a receptn (a rel8iv80-comparsn-analgoy)
  15. receiv wut oen wol wan2 reciev - subject 2/ov prefrenc - haer wut oen wol ned2 haer.
  16. so too in caes ov nonsens/devianc. tehre iz a truht in tehs comunc8nz-xpresnz…
  17. teh rejection ov nonorm8iv langaug iz only a reprsnt8n ov a choic-dispositn-atitued-positn. it iz nt ultim8ly confusgn or illegibel.
  18. bt confusn/ilegibil80 iz chosen, az dipositn: dispositn-az-limit8n.
  19. teh rejection expres a positn ov rejectn. ov wuntign-nedign 2 reject; sekign teh benefitz-nuorihsmetnz ov rejet soemtihgn. only usign a sturctural, aesthetic or orthograhpic devianc az teh vehicel ov rejection. wich iz by teh saem toekn as a vehicel ov suport. ov confirm8n adn aceptanc ov teh comunc8iv act.
  20. teh suport ov teh self; teh afirmatn ov a self - a monumnt - a lagnauge - in teh rejectn ov anohter.
  21. so showign teh lvl 2 wich teh rejectign subject - teh subjct ov rejectn - reliez on truth, proprity, az an emotnal crutch.
  22. teh xtent 2wich turth iz a necesary factor ov subsistenc.
  23. taht evrthng iz undrstod. taht undrstandign iz evrthng.
  24. evn wen undrstod az confusion. teh confusn has a functn - taht iz wut iz comunc8d.
  25. it wol opnign up a spaec in teh receivr. teh maenign iz equaly transmitd.
  26. teh unerstadnign - iz in teh rel8n ov movmenz-forcez.
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  29. Teh werd iz maleable [ne form ov comunic8iv unit iz a werd. az suhc a maenign-unit-standard].
  30. It wuz nevr ben static.
  31. bt teh werd iz nt teh object ov focus in teh comunc8iev raelm newai. teh sentence or teh discouerz moer imporant. showign teh pasage(s); procesez/practics ov comunc8n. lienz-linaegez goign in varius drectnz/intersectign.
  32. it iz nt an objct - it iz nt recald or rest8d bt remaed or refoermd.
  33. it relyz on tihs 4itz functionign; 4it must beign abel 2 continuign -> iz necsarly continuign.
  34. evn a werd hav remand/sustaind/sub6td itz pronucn8n adn maenign haev chaeng. itz re-ferencz r recogniesabl; or a lineaeg col b drawn - linaeg ov maenign - context ov itz [posibel; projectd] maenignsz acordign 2a aesth8ic-morphological projectn.
  35. its loci - its proxim80s, 2 itself, 2 itz ohterz. rel8nshipz. shift rep8dly
  36. teh devlopment ov unitz-sequencez-expresions thru tehir beign sequencd-expresd.
  37. it iz given toward/by a contxt,
  38. it anticip8z itz own givign/beign given. [anticip8nz baes in itz rel8nz-histryz; itz capac80 4 extensn; az alowd by itz ‘skilz’ adn boundaryz. itz personal80/natuer.
  39. it develops thru environmntz. az a pasaeg. wut col goign newer, ocupy ne spaec; maeng netihgn; bt wolnt chosign 2. wol chosign acordign 2 a prefrenz/privleg.
  40. itz anticip8ns: (….) anticip8ng itself in2 a futuer; anticip8nz-undrstadnignz:
  41. varoius pasaegs-potenialsz baes on it stadnardsz-lim8s.
  42. teh werd divergign - split - spraed - 2 anticip8ign moer. or
  43. malaebel stadnaerd - col 2 beign infleunc bi it surundign.
  44. teh werd a standard/unit ov potenialz. taht wer it col moer adn les faesibly go. also acordign 2teh conventnz-normal80s ov itz envirnment.
  45. holdign position - bt abel 2 beign movign. adn depedn on wer had movign 2/thru - wer it col 2mvign nect.
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  48. teh conventnz by wich a movment wol2 qualify az a werd aer losenign adn tehn disolvign.
  49. teh werd az teh unit ov maesuer in comunc8n - az in teh unific8n ov mater in2 comunicabel formz-formaliz8nz.
  50. so also teh werd recliamign itz use/value az imaeg.
  51. poetry spraedign owt in2 genral spaech.
  52. teh becomign-sequencez/code/etc. ov sentences-unitz
  53. [comunc8iv fluid80 lmao jk]
  54. laevign behind ov syntactical norm8iv80
  55. evn aestehtic normativ80
  56. bcuz tehre iz moer 2b said.
  57. liek art - goign thru a modernism adn postmodernism and furhter.
  58. a linguistic cubism.
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  60. teh rel8n betwen teh oral werd, teh facial werd, taht ov teh hadn, teh percievabel werdz-monumentz, actinz-movmenz.
  61. teh general distrbutnz.
  62. in teh philosophical.
  63. teh liberty ov teh writr 2 makign up werdz/concepts etc. 2 suit tehir rprsnt8ns. manipul8gn werds-senteces-liens-pasaegs.
  64. 'bildign a rehtoirc’ - 2bild a brand. 2 extedn/devolop/confirm wut iz alrdy afectievly a lagnueg. in itz afectz on teh envirnment etc. itz xpresns-comunc8ns. xtended-emphasiesd in teh verbal.
  65. teh utilis8n ov langaug for oens own purpoess-gaols-nedes. teh graspign ov languge via a langag. teh purpoes ov a locus - itz pur-posign ov infmr8n-mater-rael80.
  66. “both teh cre8n ov concept adn teh institutign ov teh plaen r requierd” (deluez-guatari)
  67. teh plaen ov imanence - teh containment ov material.
  68. not teh containter bt teh containment - ? - teh moed or maner ov containment. tihs is wut iz intitute - in teh st8ment. teh st8ment az equ8d wit a ‘philosphy’. an ethos or lagnuag wut iz xpresd oer nfoercd in teh st8mnt. in teh aragnment/sentenc.
  69. a lagnaug wut iz nt ‘personal’ in teh sens ov teh inividul; bt is a comunc8iev linaege itselv. a unific8n ov comunc8iev liens,
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  71. teh monument disolvign in2 rhythmz etc….
  72. teh philsophcal spraedign owt 2teh mass - philosophy iz no longr a monument external 2teh cultuer (or evn internal 2teh cultuer bt exclusiev) - bt iz reclaimign itz internal80 2teh self in genral. cn b formd-muoldd/reformd/remulded frm ne arae ov comunc8n.
  73. 2teh genral st8ment. (tihs iz teh purpoes ov teh ongoign discusion ov ideology - teh normalisign ov internal80 adn teh reduction/balancign ov external80-monumental80… [intrnal 2 langug/xpresn; 2teh body; 2a cultur/culturis8n])
  74. tho it iz uesful, teh monumnt iz 2no longr neces80. tihs memory - as retainign - az wihtolign - az preservign - iz no longr necesary 2functn. teh memory is xtrnal.
  75. teh faer ov teh worng (ohter) iz obsollet. adn iz wut brigns abt obsolescence. in teh perfection ov teh moument iz inscriebd itz lak ov longev80. itz completion corespondent 2 a temporal80; a temporal ehtos.
  76. teh manipul8n ov ‘language’ as-self.
  77. tho - langag as mass, as proces, as penetr8n etc. - wat rly beign manipl8d haer… teh langug ov teh self (necesarily, but becomign moer pronuncd…)
  78. teh langaueg as-self. teh use ov language as self. langaug az teh manipul8n.
  79. teh proces of intereaction betwen forces - the procesign ov forces by aech ohter.
  80. teh brignign ov langag (bak) in2 teh raelm ov teh ‘self’
  81. moer imporanly 2teh raelm ov afect - ov movmnt - wut iz ov ‘expresion’
  82. teh atainment ov humn80 in teh becomign-animal
  83. [ghost in teh shell - teh atainment ov perfection bringign owt teh failuer ov human80]
  84. belief in langaueg.
  85. teh (re)aceptanc ov langaug in2 belief.
  86. non apathetic ues ov langaeg. non apath8ic comunc8n.
  87. langueg iz spraedign owt in2 teh envirnmnt. formign overlapz. nu ties cre8d betwen teh werd adn teh tihng, teh werd-az-tihng adn teh tihng-az-werd.
  88. it iz no longer containd in/by teh lingutsic monumnt.
  89. teh werd, teh maenign maed only b aluded2. refrncd. or trigerd.
  90. itz alusionz found/cre8d only in afect.
  91. teh maenign discoverd, not projectd.
  92. a loosenign ov teh expect8n + contorl ov a comunc8n.
  93. teh comunc8n az teh questn. az askign 4 maenign rahter tahn directign it.
  94. explorign teh field ov maenign.
  95. teh werd iz stil teh contorl ov teh ohter. teh entering/penetr8n ov teh ohter’s body.
  96. teh coice ov werd iz stil teh control - diction/dict8n etc. of a receptn.
  97. teh choice is ov, by, wihtin, as teh ‘subject’ (plz noet mulpel maenign - Teh Subject + teh subject ov a convrs8n + grammatical subjct)
  98. bt owtsied ov teh asumption ov/beleif in teh power ov subjciv80.
  99. taht the raeder nednt aprehend or folow directly teh comunc8n as conceivd by teh ‘spaeker’…
  100. teh werd iz spraedign owt - teh individul werd - spraedign owt in2 and byond teh sound. the monument taht iz teh werd iz disolvign in2 teh imaeg - in2 teh coed wich sustains teh imaeg on watevr platform.


Max Trevor Thomas Edmond is a writer and editor from Auckland, New Zealand.