Quotation by J. David Bolter

The reader uses his eyes as well as or instead of his ears and is in every way encouraged to take a more abstract view of the language he sees. The written or printed sentence lends itself to structural analysis as the spoken does not because the reader's eye can play back and forth over the words, giving him time to divide the sentence into visually appreciated parts and to reflect on the grammatical function.
J. David Bolter (b. 1951), U.S. classics educator, computer scientist. "Electronic Language," Turing's Man: Western Culture in the Computer Age, University of North Carolina Press (1984).
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