logographic languages as reforms (was "PinYin - Reformed Latin-script Mandarin writing")
|From:||Jonathan Chang <zhang2323@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, May 6, 2000, 21:21|
In a message dated 2000/05/06 07:19:35 PM
>> Maybe the "West" needs to create its own logographic system. Now
>> that would be a language reform. ;)
>English might as well use a logographic system. I'm really impressed
>with Blissymbolics, though. (That could be used for other languages,
>just as Chinese characters are used outside of China.)
Perhaps one day - in the future,
mayhaps even the near-future,
there may be a "mutant" convergence of Chinese (or Chinese-like) logographix
& Blissymbolix (or Blissymbolix-like)
That maybe very truly interesting
(& I do not mean that in a Chinese curse fashion either
[a Chinese curse: "may you live in interesting times."])
Imagine highly-charged concepts like "Anarcho-Futurism,"
"Neo-Capitalistic Multi-Culturalism" & "Fascistic Neo-Tribalism" translated
into a logographic language done without:
* too much circumoluction or "logographic overloaded-ness"
* semantic "blurriness"/distortion (or partisan bias).
That is the challenge... & that is where a Chinese-like metaphoric/poetic
sensibility IMHO may be a good approach.
okay I have rambled enough...