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Reply #20 - Nov 10th, 2017 at 8:18pm
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Running Deer wrote on Nov 10th, 2017 at 7:29pm:
Well except for the Mongols killing 40 million people with Iron Age weapons.  Minor detail.


They only killed liberals. You can’t be wringing your hands about that?
  

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BTW, my favorite writing story is about the Cherokee language.  Sequoya worked with some white people at the local American fort.  He saw people reading and figured out what they were doing: using symbols on the page to stand for words.  He didn't get a chance to learn to read himself, but he thought it would be great.

He decided to create a writing system from scratch for Cherokee.  He hit on a deciding syllabary, using one symbol for each syllable.  Cherokee only has a few dozens syllables, and Sequoya's system has about 86 symbols.  Though not quite perfect, the writing system was very good.  The Cherokee people loved it and taught each other how to read, blowing past the white literacy rate in just a few years.

Think of how wild this is.  Here was a guy who knew what reading was but not how to do it.  And he sat down and invented an excellent writing system for a language that had none, by himself, from scratch.  That is a stunning work of genius.
  

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Running Deer wrote yesterday at 6:24pm:
BTW, my favorite writing story is about the Cherokee language.  Sequoya worked with some white people at the local American fort.  He saw people reading and figured out what they were doing: using symbols on the page to stand for words.  He didn't get a chance to learn to read himself, but he thought it would be great.

He decided to create a writing system from scratch for Cherokee.  He hit on a deciding syllabary, using one symbol for each syllable.  Cherokee only has a few dozens syllables, and Sequoya's system has about 86 symbols.  Though not quite perfect, the writing system was very good.  The Cherokee people loved it and taught each other how to read, blowing past the white literacy rate in just a few years.

Think of how wild this is.  Here was a guy who knew what reading was but not how to do it.  And he sat down and invented an excellent writing system for a language that had none, by himself, from scratch.  That is a stunning work of genius.


My Dad had a huge 40s/50s/60s sci-fi library which I plundered in the 70s and 80s.

I am absolutely certain this story was transplanted to a far off galaxy by someone like Robert Sheckley   


If it comes to me I will share.

The Cherokee was clearly a 19th century Chomsky.  What an uplifting story.
  

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