> Very well put.
> Nevermind the degeneracy of popular speech and the
> clonish generational babble like with that
> plaintiff, high-pitched bleat at end of each like
> sentence (attention?) hindering work; we the
> populace are still learning how to deal with
> script. Printing seems to highlight style at the
> expense of graphic meaning, and words are reduced
> to web code.
> It's clear watching any child (or primate)
> learning to vocalize, that behind every intended
> sound lay corresponding shapes and forms, in a way
> archetypal of the sound And the symbol.
> Children sign before they symbol...
> Old languages never die, they just
> fade a way
This touches something other posters have suggested to me as being possible. There could be shapes or symbols naturally associated with specific ideas or words. It's entirely possible that many of these are preserved in architecture, sign languages, alphabets, etc, etc. So much of everything that is the modern world are remnants of Ancient Language, ancient vocabulary, ancient science etc that there could be many other less apparent ties to our wholly forgotten past.
I've long believed that change in language is evil though this is opposite what all the experts say. I think we should sit down and fix some of the most glaring problems with language but the changes over time are mere "drift" with no rhyme or reason and are not leading to any possible improvement. I don't care what the English word for "Peking" is this week. It's a different city each time you visit but the name needs to be fixed anyway.
I wonder if reading and writing might have been much more "natural" to ancient people and this might account for the differences rather than "scribal error". If writing was invented to preserve meaning in pidgin (modern) languages then the nature of ancient symbols and signs might wholly elude us. Perhaps each (Ancient Language speaking) person "reads" the language he hears and "writes" what he says! With so few words this might facilitate remembering them. It might just help thinking and speed the ability to "think". All of my thought isn't in English words, some are like "iff" (if and only if) or "if A then B".
I can't see the "invention" of writing as some big deal. If it were so important then what happened to ancient knowledge and why does history start 1000 years after writing? Where are the ancient masterpieces of literature and science? There is nothing complex in the least about converting speech to writing and anybody should have been able to devise a means at any time. I believe they didn't only because there was no need. Only when knowledge became so complex and pidgin languages began arising did any need exist.