To: "Canberra Birds" <>
Subject: terminology
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 14:51:59 +1100
Nothing I might contribute is intended to curtail, and I certainly would not wish to curtail this thoughtful discussion,  where so much of the ore body is yet to be mined.
However, I sense a dichotomy creeping in, dividing those who feel that the relevant purpose of language (which is what this is about) is to capture (ie to record, sort, rationalise) from those who feel that its purpose is to communicate (ie to transfer information, perhaps by a simplified code, by a biological pidgin or Swahili if necessary).
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