Re: [xsl] The Oxford Comma - A Gift Worth Atleast 5 Cents

Subject: Re: [xsl] The Oxford Comma - A Gift Worth Atleast 5 Cents
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 11:44:34 -0400
At 01:52 AM 6/20/2008, you wrote:
>>>>> "ac" == ac <ac@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

    ac> Hi Colin, I would think that it is more than just orthography,
    ac> what about punctuation rules (like in this case),

That is writing, not language. Language is a spoken phenomenon.

This is a fascinating topic, but hardly in scope for this list.

Personally, I question several of the claims being made here on both sides (such as this definition of "language" as "a spoken phenomenon", which arbitrarily excludes very many phenomena which, were we not to call them "language", would need another name). However, I think it better to refer interested parties to the vast literature on the subject of Semiology. While it's tempting to weigh in here, it would hardly be a good use of our collective bandwidth.


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