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From:  James Womack
Date:  Wed Mar 15, 2000  10:34 am
Subject:  Re: The View from Ringside


Is there any reason my header in this? Curious cause all
the quote is from Val and one assumes it had something to
do with what I said which is not in evidence here.

Trevor Jenkins wrote:
>
> On Tuesday, 14 March, 2000 09:49:18, James Womack
> wrote:
>
> > Valerie Sutton wrote:
> >
> >> Let me give you an example. What does the word "English" mean?
> >>
> >> 1. a bunch of sounds that express concepts, uttered by groups of
> >> people in the western world
> >> 2. the order of those concepts in a sentence
> >> 3. how the sounds change depending on past and present tense!!
>
> Valerie forgot the most important one---an ethnic group of people living in
> the geo-political area known as England.
>
> Then the definition in 1. is slightly wrong in that it is only the language
> spoken in the aforementioned geo-political area. Pretender languages have to
> be prefixed with the name of the geo-political area in which that dialect is
> used, e.g. American English, Australian English.
>
> >> So SignWriting is not language....just as a, b and c are not - and
> >> placing German words in English order would not be writing
> >> English...would it?
>
> SignWriting is no more a lanaguage than is the Roman alphabet a language.
> The two of are nothing more than an agreed set of orthographic rules for
> transcribing a language.
>
> Exercise for the reader. Where do the smileys belong. :-)
>
> Regards, Trevor
>
> British Sign Language is not inarticulate handwaving; it's a living
> language. So recognise it now.
>
> --
>
> <>< Re: deemed!

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