Am 21.07.2012 21:21, schrieb Steve Schafer: [snip] > So getting back to the written word... Written language is, essentially, > a general-purpose and extensible pictographic notation. For the most > part, the pictures have completely lost their original meanings, but > they're still pictures, just a different kind. I can't speak for others, > but when I'm reading text, there is no "extra stage of the <sound > repesenting the word/s>"; for familiar words, the _visual_ arrangement > of symbols in a word is, as far as I can tell, translated directly into > the concept in my brain.
I find it very interesting that you wrote this (about European languages, I presume), for I thought till the present that that applies only to a language like Chinese where the characters have genuine pictographic origins.