n. communication by means of written symbols [syn: written communication]
A written language is the representation of a spoken or gestural language by means of a writing system. Written language is an invention in that it must be taught to children, who will pick up spoken language ( oral or sign) by exposure even if they are not specifically taught.
A written language exists only as a complement to a specific spoken language, and no natural language is purely written. However, extinct languages may be, in effect, purely written if only their writings survive.
Usage examples of "written language".
The fact that its three scripts each carry the same message and that nineteenth-century scholars could read the Greek meant that they could begin the task of deciphering the hitherto incomprehensible hieroglyphs that formed ancient Egypt's written language.
In the unlikely event that he had assembled the control system with absolute precision (unlikely because this was the first such venture he'd attempted and because it was all so homemade), the machine would be capable of producing combinations of sounds that coincided with the ideographic units he and Edna had devised as written language.
After what has been lately talked of Highland Bards, and Highland genius, many will startle when they are told, that the Earse never was a written language.
One drawback is that such stories are oral, and so you deny yourself the use of formal written language.
He smiled that his niece still carried on the old craft of written language, that he could share that secret language with her, even now that she was grown.
But in those times all written language seemed naive and touching to me.
The written language of Booboo was like English on Earth, in that it consisted of idiosyncratic arrangements in horizontal lines of twenty-six phonetic symbols, ten numbers, and about eight punctuation marks.
Another coincidence: The written language of Booboo was like English on Earth, in that it consisted of idiosyncratic arrangements in horizontal lines of twenty-six phonetic symbols, ten numbers, and about eight punctuation marks.
Provide them with a written language, and they will glorify the Lord.