How much of a language is silent?
This video seeks to provide a visual representation of silent letters. These characters sneak their way onto our tongues and tiptoe through our sentences unnoticed. They make their homes in words but do not correspond to sounds in the pronunciations.
This project steals the silent letters away, leaving us with a jarring look at language without them.
Created by Manas Karambelkar, Momo Miyazaki and Kenneth A. Robertsen during the Data Visualization course 2012 at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, “silence – visualization” showcases works by Hans Christian Andersen in Danish, English and French. All the silent letters are printed in red, and they “disappear” when viewed through a red filter.
The video left me surprised, visually intrigued… and desperately desirous of the books showcased in the video.