Mark E. Shoulson via Unicode
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Wed Apr 17 06:12:07 CDT 2019
On 4/16/19 11:52 PM, James Kass via Unicode wrote:
> According to a comment, the Yukaghir love letter as semasiographic
> communication was debunked by John DeFrancis in 1989 who asserted that
> it was merely a prop in a Yukaghir parlor game. Perhaps that
> debunking was in the very book cited by Martin J. Dürst earlier in
> this thread.
> The blog page comment went on to say that Geoffrey Sampson, who wrote
> the book from which the blogger learned of the Yukaghir love letter,
> published a retraction in 1994.
Thank you. I read about it in Sampson's book, but had not heard about
the debunking or the retraction.
Almost too bad; it seems to work so well. The closest thing I know to
something like that, expressing ideas but not language-dependent, would
be mathematical notation.
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