I CAN'T HEAR THE SOUND OF FRENCH

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"Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union."

- Frank Lloyd Wright

"Does the sound follow the meaning in language?"

 
 


As a french living in the US, I am often told about how beautiful the french language sounds. I can't hear that sound. My brain immediately attaches meaning to every word, and only through an exercise of the brain can I set free from the referent and hear the word for what it is, sound. 

As with a foreign language, we cannot attribute a function to a form we don't recognize. I've been searching for the sound of my surroundings, a quest to dissociate the form from the meaning.
 

 
 
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Photography Adrien Blondel