3V1140.01 Letter names as entities separated from signifiers of people (3/7/81)
Peggy brought me the ‘F’ from her set of letters. She asked if it were the letter ‘A’. When I said ‘No,’ she next guessed the letter name ‘E’ (She knows this, of course, is the ‘father letter.’) I told her it was the letter ‘F’ and described to her the letter ‘E’, which she then located in her letter tray.
Peggy is beginning to focus on letters as namable entities, independent of their semantic associations — i.e. as symbolic objects.
Note : this is after her use of a typewriter.