US CONSTITUTION POSTERS | PLAKATY KONSTYTUCJI USA

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US CONSTITUTION IN MODERN AMERICAN ENGLISH

REPLICAS OF US CONSTITUTION PRINT BY JOHN CARTER

TYPESCRIPT OF THE PARCHMENT ORIGINAL

US CONSTITUTION TRANSLATED INTO POLISH

 

MODERN AMERICAN ENGLISH, JOHN CARTER PRINT LAYOUT

John Carter print layout of 1787, Constitution content verified with the parchment original and updated to the standard American English of today; font Adobe Caslon Pro 14pt, character spacing +0.7pt on average, kerning 1pt and above, indentation 8pt LEX (Latin for law, see Perseus); line height 1.5; poster size 1687×3519 pixels; match with a Polish translation poster.

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HTML source, 80% zoom for proper viewing (Ctrl and minus key twice):

MODERN AMERICAN ENGLISH, HTML US CONSTITUTION PAGE 1
MODERN AMERICAN ENGLISH, HTML US CONSTITUTION PAGE 2

Law is made also of language, and all natural languages change. It has been many years, since the Constitution was written. Today, most people interpret “chusing” as “choosing”, “controul” as “control”, and speakers of American English would think “honor” and “behavior”, rather than “honour” and “behaviour”. Feel welcome to read the Constitution plain text in modern American English.

The text in modern American English compares the parchment and the print, bringing the content to the language standard as it is today. All modern uses are based on the Constitution itself: the language change to have brought American English as we know it now was taking place already the time the document was being written. Feel welcome to the NOTES.

POSTER REPLICAS OF JOHN CARTER PRINT, 1787

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Poster replicas of the United States Constitution print by John Carter, exclusive of characters ſ and ∫ (s); the print was used in the ratification process; font Adobe Caslon Pro 14pt, character spacing +0.7pt on average, kerning 14pt and above, indentation 8pt LEX (Latin for law, see Perseus); line height 1; poster size 1687×2795 pixels; content width-to-height ratio approx. 65%, as in the original layout, available from the Library of Congress.
loc.gov/item/90898138/

 

Source HTML, 80% zoom for browser proper viewing
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HTML SOURCE, CARTER REPLICA POSTER, PAGE 1
HTML SOURCE, CARTER REPLICA POSTER, PAGE 2
Saved from browser window, the file can be opened in Microsoft Word and edited. Footer information presents use and distribution rights sufficiently. Footer space allows to describe editor contributions, as the license requires.

 

TYPESCRIPTS OF THE PARCHMENT ORIGINAL

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Typescript of the US Constitution parchment, pages 1-4; fonts: Pinyon Script Open Font by Nicole Fally, Excalibur SF, and Verdict SF (Latin numerals); font size18pt on average; font spacing 0.8pt on average; kerning 1pt and above; indentation LEX (Latin for law); poster size 1687×2018 pixels.
National Archives parchment original:
https://catalog.archives.gov/id/1667751

 

Saved from browser window, the HTML source allows adjustments, as on fonts or colors, in Microsoft Word; 80% zoom for proper viewing (Ctrl and minus key twice).
PARCHMENT HTML PAGE 1 US CONSTITUTION POSTER
PARCHMENT HTML PAGE 2 US CONSTITUTION POSTER
PARCHMENT HTML PAGE 3 US CONSTITUTION POSTER
PARCHMENT HTML PAGE 4 US CONSTITUTION POSTER

 

Footer information presents use and distribution rights sufficiently. Footer space allows to describe editor contributions, as the license requires.

TRANSLATION TO POLISH

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Owing to the new policy by the Polish Language Council, to impose the verbal form “wziąć” for the verb to take, I do not provide the HTML source for the posters. I do not want my works used in a process that compares to trying to have either proved or proven for the only form allowed, where a speculative Proto-Slavic theory is offered for the rationale. As the practice is forced also in schools, I believe it would be sued under the first amendment in the USA.

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