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‘Silenc’ at CIID – Visualisation of silent letters in a language / Processing

This project by Manas Karambelkar, Momo Miyazaki and Kenneth A. Robertsen at the CIID explores how much of a language is silent. ‘Silenc’ is a visualization of an interpretation of silent letters within Danish, English and French languages done by eliminating or highlighting the silent letters within a prescribed text.

One of the hardest parts about language learning is pronunciation; the less phonetic the alphabet, the harder it is to correctly say the words. A common peculiarity amongst many Western languages is the silent letter. A silent letter is a letter that appears in a particular word, but does not correspond to any sound in the word’s pronunciation. A selection of works by Hans Christian Andersen is used as a common denominator for these “translations”. All silent letters are set in red text. When viewed with a red light filter, these letters disappear, leaving only the pronounced text.

Data Visualization 2012, Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design with Golan Levin and Marcin Ignac
More photos here.
ciid.dk

(thanks Andrew)

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