written language


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Noun1.written language - communication by means of written symbols (either printed or handwritten)written language - communication by means of written symbols (either printed or handwritten)
communication - something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
folio, leaf - a sheet of any written or printed material (especially in a manuscript or book)
transcription, written text - something written, especially copied from one medium to another, as a typewritten version of dictation
writing - letters or symbols that are written or imprinted on a surface to represent the sounds or words of a language; "he turned the paper over so the writing wouldn't show"; "the doctor's writing was illegible"
piece of writing, written material, writing - the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect); "the writing in her novels is excellent"; "that editorial was a fine piece of writing"
writing - (usually plural) the collected work of an author; "the idea occurs with increasing frequency in Hemingway's writings"
prescription - written instructions from a physician or dentist to a druggist concerning the form and dosage of a drug to be issued to a given patient
prescription - written instructions for an optician on the lenses for a given person
reading material, reading - written material intended to be read; "the teacher assigned new readings"; "he bought some reading material at the airport"
correspondence - communication by the exchange of letters
code, codification - a set of rules or principles or laws (especially written ones)
print - the text appearing in a book, newspaper, or other printed publication; "I want to see it in print"
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No two nations have the same written language, and often cities of the same nation have a written language that differs greatly from that of the nation to which they belong.
It is not enough even to be able to speak the language of that nation by which they are written, for there is a memorable interval between the spoken and the written language, the language heard and the language read.
Tulliver did not willingly write a letter, and found the relation between spoken and written language, briefly known as spelling, one of the most puzzling things in this puzzling world.
Of course he had never before seen print, or ever had spoken with any living thing which had the remotest idea that such a thing as a written language existed, nor ever had he seen anyone reading.
I suggested to Perry that we were in the public library of Phutra, but later, as he commenced to discover the key to their written language, he assured me that we were handling the ancient archives of the race.
We may be trusted, I think, in chusing some play most perfectly unexceptionable; and I can conceive no greater harm or danger to any of us in conversing in the elegant written language of some respectable author than in chattering in words of our own.
It will take a long time to solve this problem, but I think that by teaching a number of them to read and write English we shall then be able more quickly to give them a written language of their own.
Long ago one had borrowed the other's written language, and, untold generations before that, they had diverged from the common Mongol stock.
When Tarzan first put it into the written language of his own people he had not yet chanced upon either WHITE or SKIN in the dictionary; but in a primer he had seen the picture of a little white boy and so he wrote his name BUMUDE-MUTOMURO, or he-boy.
Of course it could make nothing of the strange characters; but it evidently accepted them as proof that Bradley possessed knowledge of a written language of his own, for following the Englishman's entry it made a few characters of its own.
She tried to study some of them out, but there was not a character that was familiar to her, which seemed strange, since, while the written languages of the various nations of Barsoom differ, it still is true that they have many characters and words in common.
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