Sunday Book-Thought 89

In orality, the speaker and his speech remained one; what was spoken was his creation, in a sense it was himself, and it was difficult to think of this self apart from the words it spoke. As language assumed a new identity, so did the personality that spoke and used it. The composer began to separate himself from the written composition and believe in himself as an ‘authority,’ an ‘author.’
– Eric A. Havelock, ‘The Coming of Literate Communication to Western Culture’, Literacy and the Future of Print, 30.1 (Winter 1980), 90-98 (p. 98).

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