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Re: Pleremic? Kenemic? It's all Martian to me.

From:Gerald Koenig <jlk@...>
Date:Saturday, April 24, 1999, 20:04
>Subject: Re: Pleremic? Kenemic? It's all Martian to me. >Status: RO > >Brian Betty wrote: "Raimundus A. Brown scripsit:" > >John C. wrote: "Actually, I wrote that." > >Oops! I'm sorry. I don't know how I lost track of who wrote who, since I >just cut out stuff, but I guess I did. Sorry. > >"However, there is some phonetic information in Chinese writing, and not >100% of Spanish writing is cenemic. In particular, Arabic numbers are >pleremic: 1 means "one", 2 means "two", etc."
This book is probably old news to most of us here, but I just bought it last month and I love it. Check it out if you haven't! Jerry
> > Coulmas 1989 > >Coulmas, Florian . 1989 . Writing systems of the world . Oxford, England , >Basil Blackwell, Ltd . 302 . > >Summary > >Discusses the disregard of writing prevalent in modern linguistics. >Discusses the history and nature of writing, its relationship to the >development of cultures and civilizations, and the functions of writing. >Outlines the transition of writing from pictorial icons to phonetic >symbols. Shows how writing represents speech and distinguishes between >lexemic, morphemic, syllabic, and phonemic or phonetic levels. Assigns >these levels to two types: the sense-determinative (meaningful) elements >called "pleremic," and the sense-discriminative elements called "cenemic."
>Analyzes the merits and demerits of scripts of different levels. Discusses >the writing systems of Egypt, China, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Eastern and >Western Semitic languages, and India. Discusses alphabetic systems >beginning with the Greek alphabet. Refers to Smalley's (1964) five criteria >for an optimal new writing system. Smalley prefers having a single >representation for each phoneme of the language. However, recent reading >research evidences that words and morphemes are the critical units for the >proficient reader, whereas grapheme-phoneme correspondences seem to be of >lesser importance (Ehri 1979; Frith 1979). History shows that alphabetic >orthographies tend to move away from simple phonemic representation. >Discusses treatment of homophones, and balance of the needs of the reader >with the needs of the writer.
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