The question raised is: Can a marking that conveys a general idea be called writing, or must all writing represent specific units of speech?How do linguists define 'writing' today?
To this question, the great linguist Leonard Bloomfield apparently gives his answer when he states, "Writing is merely a device for recording speech." This statement narrows writing down to only those markings that are directly related to spoken language. It reflects the attitude of linguistic theoreticians from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
what do linguists think?
My copy of The Roots of Phonics: A Historical Introduction A Revised Edition by Miriam Balmuth just arrived, and on page 11 I find this: