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„Die Buchstabenschrift ist an und für sich die intelligentere.“
Überlegungen zur Bewertung von Schriftsystemen

Florian Coulmas
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Zusammenfassung. Sind manche Schriftsysteme besser (intelligenter) als andere? Gibt es sinnvolle und verlässliche Kriterien zur Bewertung von Schriftsystemen? Vor dem Hintergrund dieser Fragen vergleicht dieser Beitrag verschiedene Schriften. Ausgangpunkt ist das in der Überschrift zitierte Verdikt des deutschen Philosophen Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, das eine positive Beantwortung der Frage nach einer möglichen qualitativen Bewertung von Schriftsystemen nahelegt. Kritisch zu untersuchen sind jedoch die Maßstäbe, die angelegt wurden, um zu dem darin ausgedrückten Urteil zu kommen. Einer der zu diskutierenden Maßstäbe ist das Verhältnis von Schrift und Sprache, das in diesem Zusammenhang näher betrachtet werden soll.

“Alphabetic writing is in and for itself the more intelligent Form”. Reflections on the evaluation of writing systems

Abstract. Are some writing systems better (more intelligent) than others? Are there any criteria for the evaluation of writing systems that are both reasonable and robust? Against the background of these questions, this paper looks at several different writing systems. The point of departure is the verdict by German philosopher George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel quoted in the title of the paper, which suggests that a qualitative evaluation of writing systems is possible. However, the yardsticks that were applied in order to arrive at the judgement expressed in it are to be critically examined. An important factor to be taken into consideration in this connection is the relationship between writing and language.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.36824/2018-graf-coul


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