2004
Volume 25, Issue 2-3
  • ISSN: 1384-5845
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1171

Abstract

Abstract

In a special issue of (vol. 13(2), 2008), eight discussants commented on the so-called thesis, which claims that in literate societies, both naive language users and linguists perceive spoken language in terms of units that are in fact properties of writing: letters, words, and sentences. This thesis was discussed and defended in a lengthy book from 2006, , written by A. Kraak (1928-2005). The special issue contained a spectrum of opinions pro and contra the thesis. The present article looks back at that discussion and tries to bring it to a new level, making use of ideas brought in by Davidson (2019). That article helps to understand why opinions can be so diverse: They address different aspects of a reality that is rather complex. The idea that writing is simply the rendering of spoken language in another medium is not doing justice to this complex reality. As Davidson argues, a proper treatment of the issue is only possible in a new theoretical perspective.

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