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Re: Non-linear / full-2d writing systems?

From:# 1 <salut_vous_autre@...>
Date:Friday, May 6, 2005, 3:16
Tim May wrote:

>J. 'Mach' Wust wrote at 2005-05-05 19:13:37 (-0400) > > On Thu, 5 May 2005 13:25:37 -0700, Sai Emrys <saizai@...> wrote: > > > > > > >merely because it hasn't been done before in a natural > > >language. If you can argue that there is something to the *idea* > > >that is impractical, impossible, or unsuited to human cognition, > > >that would be an interesting argument. But your argument is > > >essentially that it is not a code as [nearly] all other writing > > >systems are... and that's a chiken-and-egg. > > > > It's a question of how the terms are defined. With my linguistical > > background, I'm used to think of language as primary communication > > system of humans that can be observed either as speech (spoken > > language) or as writing (written language). > > > >I think what's being overlooked in this discussion is sign language, >which is accepted as language by most linguists despite having nothing >to do with speech. By analogy, it's at least possible to imagine an >exclusively written language.
Yeah, it would be simpler! Not having to care about the pronounciability of your words would be SO easy , you don't even have to create a phonology But don't you think it remove all the challenge you got when creating something that ought to have a way to be said If you can paste a past prefix "k-", the indicative infix "-kc-", the 1st person's suffix for the subject "-tb", and the 2nd person's suffix for the object "-dww" to the root for "to love" "-gg-hp-". Everybody who've read the last paragraph understands that "kggkchptbdww" means "I love you", but what an odd phonology you'd have to use to find an easy way to say that.. I once tought (but no much more) of a binar language (and think I talked about it on the list), for which I didn't tought of pronounciability, it would certainly work, why wouln't it? I still find that idea interesting. - Max


Sai Emrys <saizai@...>