An Image of a City

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“The speaker produces an utterance by stringing together the elements, one after another, in a linear sequence.” The private spaces of a city-the spaces inhabited by lovers- act as the paradigm of a city. As Saussure puts it, “the units which have something in common are associated in theory and thus form groups within which various relationships can be found”.  The syntagm as defined by Barthes “is a combination of signs, which has space as a support,” these are found in the city’s public spaces, which can be understood as the traditional images found in syntax of the city’s legibility as discussed by Kevin Lynch, namely ” paths, edges, districts, nodes, and landmarks.”