Shaggy Spoken Languages

A Point of Contact

Spoken language and written language have traditionally been like different languages all together, sometimes in actuality and sometimes in the level of formality within the common language that both actually share. It makes me wonder about a language like Japanese with distinct levels of spoken formality. How has the history of written language played a role in this formality distinction? Is it because writing has played a less important role for the average person in Japan, that the formality distinction developed more in the spoken realm?

The public use of language in the western world has become less formal over the years, in an unprecedented way. Written language is a worked on creation, spoken language is chaotic with less things like subordinate clauses, or general structure. Written language is an artifice (more efficient for things like extended arguments), while spoken language is fundamental, shaggy, often repetitive, and highly dependent on…

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