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Originally posted by joeching at 2009-1-18 04:44
if i hate anything, its the trashing of the chinese traditional characters and the disastrous effects, as reflected in asian countries' rush to mechanize their language for materialistic aims. forget about all the treasuries in all the museums and buried in tombs, nothing is more precious than our pre-barbarism language, which embodied our culture.
as to english, it serves its purpose as a universal computing language, at least for now. i v trim it down to be learnt in 2 weeks. add a day or two if u want to participate the the development of my macro-operating system, robacus. also, i could switch english to chinese or korea(after i learn it in a few months) in one day, with our own robotic editor.
I can understand wanting to preserve Chinese characters for mother-tongue speakers of Chinese, but this might be a tough sell for Koreans. After all, their own script is much easier than Chinese cahracters. It would seem strange to systematiclaly choose an auxiliary language that's even more difficult than your own mother-tongue, wouldn't it? After all, the purpose of an auxiliary language is not to replace the mother-tongue but to act as an auxiliary to it. So if we want this second-language to be accessible to the general population of China, Japan and Korea, and not just the elites, then should we not choose a more advanced script such as the one designed by King Sae Jong, that was designed with logic and ease of learning in mind?
As Confucius himself said:
"If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the
truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of
things, affairs cannot be carried on to success.
"When affairs cannot be carried on to success, proprieties and music
do not flourish. When proprieties and music do not flourish,
punishments will not be properly awarded. When punishments are not
properly awarded, the people do not know how to move hand or foot.
"Therefore a superior man considers it necessary that the names he
uses may be spoken appropriately, and also that what he speaks may
be carried out appropriately. What the superior man requires is just
that in his words there may be nothing incorrect."
"In language it is simply required that it convey
So even the Chinese classical literature seems to agree that the primary objective of language is to convey meaning. This being the case, to create an auxiliary language that is more difficult to learn than your own mother-tongue would be contradictory to the very classical culture you espouse.