Happy Holidays

One of the interesting things about this video is that it presents the “story” of an event without resort to any linguistic content (save the holiday message at the end—not essential to the “story”). The camera movement unfolds over time, but even without that the sound cues you in to the concept that something is happening. The two components, in concert, provide a fleshed-out narrative that can only be said to be “meaningful” given an implicit knowledge of the cultural significance of mistletoe.

These three elements—change (movement?), environment (sound more than space in this example), and implicit knowledge of rules—are key non-linguistic elements of narrative, I think.

In other holiday news, the Swapatorium gallery of Department Store Santas is marvelous. This one is a favorite for me.