Alveolar clicks, sibilants, or Braille?
When I read Danielewski, I approach it as a sort of video game with beaucoup Easter Eggs rather than as a canonical piece of literature with a codex, three act structure, and narrative arcs.
In that spirit, I began Googling things I found in the Zambia section at the beginning of the book.
I was unable to get anywhere with the supposed reference to a list of alveolar clicks, sibilants, bilabial fricatives and so forth (which, after all, were used in most human proto-languages, or so I am told). I figured that one was invented. The symbols at the beginning and the end of each piece of dialog, however, look more like Braille to me.
As far as I can find, there are three Braille symbols (http://www.omniglot.com/writing/braille.htm):
- either a backwards Z in Grade 1 Braille or “the” in Grade 2 Braille;
- the letter N;
- the letter D.
There may be more that I missed, and we only started classes this week so I’m not as far into the text as some of you, so there may be more instances of Braille or Braille-like writing that I’ve missed.
(The ironist in me would like to see the Braille version of TF, but I digress.)
Has anyone else “decoded” these Braille or Braille-like symbols any further?