Re: Evolution WAS Re: Optimum number of symbols
|From:||Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, May 26, 2002, 19:01|
At 11:08 pm -0400 25/5/02, Mike S. wrote:
>>- some earlier writing systems had expressed vowels long before the Greeks,
>> v v
>> | | = /a/
>> | v
>> | |
>>>-->-- = /i/
>An independently developed technological improvement is still
>a technological improvement.
>I am unsure of your point.
- where people need to express vowels, they do so and were doing so long
before the Greeks adopted the Phoenician script.
- the Greek use of vowels was no remarkble innovation; it happened
serendipitiously, and any written form of Greek would have had to express
>>I happen to think that nuclear power might be put to good use, e.g. in the
>>generation of electricity.
>I have to say, although you strike me as a well learned person, your
>continued insistence to conflate the Greek vowel and nuclear power
>is the most risible thing I have seen in a long, long while.
I have never in my life conflated Greek vowels or, for that matter, any
other vowels with nuclear power or any other sort of power. As Nik rightly
At 12:37 am -0400 26/5/02, Nik Taylor wrote:
>No one's trying to conflate them except you. This list has a tradition
>of going off on a tangent. This bit about nuclear power et al. is one
>of those tangents.
Indeed so. I was merely trying to correct a possible misunderstanding to
the list _as a whole_ (since I do not like threads which turn into personal
disputes) that an ealier remark of mine might have be interpreted as my
meaning nuclear power per_se was "a bad thing" - that's all. *IT HAS
NOTHING WHATEVER TO DO WITH VOWELS*. Is that clear enough?
May I remind you that it was not I but you that conflated Greek vowels with
technology, so please do not indulge in misrepesentation in order to mock.
>Ah, now the bandwagon appeal--why am I not surprised?
I don't count two people as a bandwagon.
>I sense the opinion is divided here. I'm waiting to hear what Mathias
>has to say on the matter.
But Mathias is French, not a Hebrew or Arabic speaker. I don't understand
what you are getting at or insinsinuating.
I am sorry that you have chosen to make this thread personal and indulge in
sarcasm and mockery. I can see no gain in continuing this. Please
consider this thread closed.
Speech is _poiesis_ and human linguistic articulation
is centrally creative.