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phonocentrism


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The privileging or prioritizing of the acoustic or phonic dimension of language over the graphic or written dimension. As Jacques Derrida demonstrates with his concept différance, which in French is pronounced the same as ‘différence’, phonemes are not the only meaningful unit of language; one must also take the written (or what Derrida refers to as the grammatological) into account as well.

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