Sunday, April 11, 2010

Chinese Language

Embedded in the Chinese language (from which the good parts of Japanese come from) are tens of thousands of symbols containing a vast amount of information: mini-parables, metaphors, value judgements, comparisons. The symbols themselves are quite a work of art; when you draw them correctly, they naturally take on their characteristic shapes.

From an efficiency point of view, I believe alphabetic languages are superior. However, a symbolic language has some very useful characteristics. It degrades gracefully when encountering unknown words or even unknown symbols.

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