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by Michael Christensen
August 4th, 2011, 8:58 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Comparing the characteristics of Greek, English and Chinese
Replies: 11
Views: 3935

Re: Comparing the characteristics of Greek, English and Chin

I don't believe anyone said it was primitive. I did refer to the writing system as archaic. Which part of the following definition of 'archaic' do you think doesn't apply here? archaic /ɑːˈkeɪɪk/ ■ adjective very old or old-fashioned. ▶ (of language) used to give an old-fashioned flavour. ▶ belongi...
by Michael Christensen
August 4th, 2011, 7:23 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Comparing the characteristics of Greek, English and Chinese
Replies: 11
Views: 3935

Re: Comparing the characteristics of Greek, English and Chin

This turned out to be untrue. It doesn't have verb conjugations or noun declensions, but it does have tenses Does it? I mean, except for stating a certain time frame (such as "last year" or "yesterday"), or saying that something happened earlier 曾 or is past 過,completed 了 or using want/will 要 or ca...
by Michael Christensen
August 4th, 2011, 6:31 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Comparing the characteristics of Greek, English and Chinese
Replies: 11
Views: 3935

Re: Comparing the characteristics of Greek, English and Chin

But wait, the simplified version is 马, looking nothing like a horse. So what has been lost as a result of the simplification? Is the character now incomprehensible? Have mainland Chinese discovered grammatical, semantic, and phonetic difficulties as a result of this radical simplification? No they ...
by Michael Christensen
August 4th, 2011, 3:07 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Comparing the characteristics of Greek, English and Chinese
Replies: 11
Views: 3935

Re: Comparing the characteristics of Greek, English and Chin

But this is an illusory advantage, because those meanings aren't really derived from the character they're derived from the context. Sure, 馬 looks like a horse if we squint at it sideways, but that doesn't help us when it's used as a component in over 100 words which have absolutely nothing to do w...
by Michael Christensen
August 4th, 2011, 2:22 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Comparing the characteristics of Greek, English and Chinese
Replies: 11
Views: 3935

Re: Comparing the characteristics of Greek, English and Chin

I have a phonetically printed copy of 三字經. It's perfectly comprehensible. Reading 三字經 using the phonetic alphabet is how the kindergartners first learn it. To say that it's incomprehensible when written phonetically is simply not true. I assume that -- if the kindergartners understand the meaning a...
by Michael Christensen
August 4th, 2011, 1:32 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Comparing the characteristics of Greek, English and Chinese
Replies: 11
Views: 3935

Re: Comparing the characteristics of Greek, English and Chin

if I show you a character you don't know, there is no system you can use to derive reliably what it means, or even how to pronounce it. This is made even more difficult due to the fact that Chinese grammar is so context dependent, so a reader needs to understand more of the sentence in order to und...
by Michael Christensen
August 4th, 2011, 12:02 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Comparing the characteristics of Greek, English and Chinese
Replies: 11
Views: 3935

Re: Comparing the characteristics of Greek, English and Chin

Let's not perpetuate any myths about the 'meaningful information' which Chinese characters contain. The vast majority of them do not contain any meaningful information other than an arbitrarily assigned semantic value, which cannot be logically or systematically derived from the character. All the ...
by Michael Christensen
August 4th, 2011, 10:29 am
Forum: Other
Topic: Comparing the characteristics of Greek, English and Chinese
Replies: 11
Views: 3935

Re: Comparing the characteristics of Greek, English and Chin

If gaining fluency in one's native language (an essential social skill), is a matter of 5 years or 15 years, which do you think is the more rational approach? I doubt it takes 15 years to achieve fluency in Chinese. That seems to me to be a massive exaggeration. In fact, students in Taiwan are alre...
by Michael Christensen
August 4th, 2011, 4:26 am
Forum: Grammar Questions
Topic: Differentiating fictive and biological kinship
Replies: 44
Views: 8108

Re: Differentiating fictive and biological kinship

Pardon my interrupting the discussion about Chinese writing. I'm the other person in the discussion about the use of αδελφος in Gal 1:19, so I thought I might be given the opportunity to present my views. No need to apologize. I'm sorry for the "brief" interlude -- though I should make it clear tha...
by Michael Christensen
August 2nd, 2011, 1:04 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Comparing the characteristics of Greek, English and Chinese
Replies: 11
Views: 3935

Re: Comparing the characteristics of Greek, English and Chin

I see – I guess I speculated too far… However, the way I phrased the question before probably was misleading as well: I didn't mean to say that a language with a simpler grammatical system would cause people's thought to be on an inferior level, but I thought that complexity in a certain area of the...