Isn’t it beautiful?

I saw a word written in this, the cyrillic alphabet. At first I thought it was Greek, then Russian. I came to find out the word was Ukrainian, but my guesses were right in the way that the cyrillic alphabet is used for all of those languages as well as many others including Mongolian, Serbian, and Bulgarian, just as our Latin alphabet is used in various romantic languages including French, Spanish, and others like Swahili – one of the official tongues of many African countries.

There is a term in Russian formalist literary theory called “defamiliarization”. In a novel, if a character speaks in a way that is unlike ordinary speech – as is often the case – it makes us re-examine what we normally pass by as familiar, therefore defamiliarizing the idea – causing us to see it with refreshed and more open eyes. I believe this alphabet does just that. It’s a little reminder that there is more out there than English and the Latin alphabet, and a fresh perspective on the relation of sight and sound.

Think about it.


About Audrey Ashira

Audrey means strength. Ashira means song. "The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; This is my God, and I will praise Him; My father's God, and I will extol Him." Exodus 15:2

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