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Re: Classical languages: was: Re: Gothic language

From:Ed Heil <edheil@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 7, 1999, 21:55
Patrick Dunn wrote:
> Ed! I suspected better than such Derrida-flavored crap from you! Written > language is no more artificial than spoken[...]
Yes, Pat. I was trying to suggest that "having significant differences from the spoken, conversational language" is too loose a standard for designating something as a conlang, because it ends up including all written language. Derrida-flavored? Surely if I *were* trying to downplay written language as secondary and therefore unimportant, I would be doing the *opposite* of Derrida, since he is notorious for considering writing to be primary and speaking to be a secondary form of "writing" with sound. Ed Heil --------------------------------------------------------------