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

From:J. 'Mach' Wust <j_mach_wust@...>
Date:Thursday, May 5, 2005, 12:52
On Thu, 5 May 2005 02:15:27 -0700, Sai Emrys <saizai@...> wrote:

>> Human languages are essentially linear (they are sequences of "words"). Ergo, >> writing sytems for human languages are essentially linear as well. > >Your argument is circular here, if you intend it as one of 'purpose'. >Certainly, I would agree that a writing system *intended* to 'fix >language' as you call it - and I presume that you make the common >equation that "real language" = "speech" - would need to be linear. >That's obvious. > >But I would strongly disagree that a writing system *need* do so at >all, and cannot exist entirely separate of a spoken language.
You can do that, but it's rather unusual. Most would consider e.g. maths or formal logics a notational system, but not a writing system. Writing systems are usually considered the subgroup of notational systems that represent languages. kry@s: j. 'mach' wust


Joe <joe@...>
Sai Emrys <saizai@...>