Re: language and communication

Subject: Re: language and communication
From: "Carnall, Jane" <Jane -dot- Carnall -at- compaq -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 14:41:54 -0000

Bruce Byfield wrote:
> Not that non-literate forms of communication should be despised.
> Oral cultures, for example, produce people with extraordinary
> memories, capable (as in archaic Greece) of remembering thousands of
> lines, or of composing them on the fly or (as in early Scandinavia)
> of memorizing dozens of laws and precedents.

I was involved in my high school drama group for a year or two, and
discovered that my facility for remembering spoken words (long before the
first performance night, I would have the entire play memorised) was
considered both unusual and amusing. Unfortunately my memory of the plays
faded over time. (Or perhaps fortunately: I don't really *want* to be able
to recite the whole of "James Bond At St. Trinians" - the odd lines I can
still remember are more than enough.)

But then I am quite definitely neither pre-literate (not since I was 3) nor
post-literate (and never plan to be: not with about 3000 books in the

Jane Carnall
Car le mot, c'est le Verbe, et le Verbe, c'est Dieu.

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