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Last native speaker of Cromarty dialect dies
Posted: 09 October 2012 09:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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Dave Wilton wrote:

It is applicable to language, although language as we know it is so inefficient that it’s hard to imagine what an efficient language would truly be like....

Orwell’s Newspeak comes to mind.

I seem to remember a dialog about Newspeak mentioning something about “efficiency of language” somewhere within Nineteen Eighty-Four

And there was Basic English that Orwell was involved with from 1942 to 1944:

Orwell was inspired to invent Newspeak by the constructed language Basic English, which he promoted from 1942 to 1944 before emphatically rejecting it in his essay “Politics and the English Language”.... In this paper he deplores the bad English of his day, citing dying metaphors, pretentious diction or rhetoric, and meaningless words, which he claimed to encourage unclear thought and reasoning. Towards the end of the essay, Orwell states:

...I said earlier that the decadence of our language is probably curable. Those who deny this would argue, if they produced an argument at all, that language merely reflects existing social conditions, and that we cannot influence its development by any direct tinkering with words or constructions....

From the wikipedia article also linked above.

[ Edited: 09 October 2012 10:11 AM by sobiest ]
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