Thursday, May 24, 2012

Noam Chomsky on English Orthography

While lesser minds derided it as "the world’s most awesome mess" or "an insult to human intelligence," the great linguist and dissident rightly hailed it as "close to an optimal system," notes Tom Shippey — The myth of English as a global language.

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

I thought of Chomsky today when I saw this posted on the "Cryptogon News Network" - an infographic of the 6 companies that control Western media.

Talk about Manufacturing Consent!

http://i.imgur.com/dlHUm.jpg

May 24, 2012 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

I Thank Prof. Ram Desai for assigning me that Chomskian tome.

May 24, 2012 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I think the Prof Chompsky is wrong about English being an optimal system: I can think of a huge number of improvements to its spelling system. The double consonant rule, for instance, is followed only 50% of the time (very-berry; common-comic)how can that be optimal? The irregularity of the spelling system is partly responsible for the huge illiteracy rates we have in the English Speaking world. Spanish, Italian and Finnish are more "optimal" in this respect.

May 28, 2012 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger Pints in NYC said...

I wonder what Umberto Eco would say about all this?

June 5, 2012 at 11:41 PM  

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