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Re: Chinese writing systems

From:And Rosta <a.rosta@...>
Date:Monday, November 4, 2002, 23:56
John Cowan:
> Mat McVeagh scripsit: > > > I guess in conclusion I am a 'speechist', I believe speech is primary over > > writing. I see writing as being a secondary form of expression that is > > parasitic on speech > > And so say we all.
But all the same, writing is a purer and truer form of the language, because we can think, plan, revise, backtrack, see what we said 8 words before, etc. Those linguists who deride their peers for paying lipservice to Mat's nostrum but ignoring it in practise are deeply misguided. --And.