Nativist though they may seem, the writing systems we use to communicate in society are learned and acquired practices. Each year brings new additions to the dictionary, concerning new definitions or distinct situations in time. These attributions are products not of nature but of nurture. Through syntax and lexicon, society continues to defer to authority by treating traditionally educated individuals with respect and praise while overlooking and neglecting those who do not echo a similarly literate proficiency. Due to his writing and reading difficulties, the use of script and orthography has long intimidated Rad Hourani. Rooted in his own experience as a neurodivergent artist, this body of work aims to open a dialogue on invisible disabilities and the divisive issues of written language. Hourani questions how linguistics might better facilitate the structures of our synthetic languages; isn’t there a way to make them accessible to all?
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