4

What is a word or phrase describing the prioritization of or preference for written language over spoken language?

Example 1:

They have a [insert word/phrase here]. They continue to write their language exclusively using a millennia-old literary form that has long diverged from their spoken language.

Example 2:

Ali learned to write fluently in a dozen languages, but he did not bother to learn how to pronounce most of the words he writes. He has a [insert word/phrase here].

My first guess was "graphological bias," but that doesn't seem correct, as Google phrase match search returns only two results for that phrase.

2
  • Graphophilia as opposed to orality. – Kris Feb 6 '20 at 9:02
  • Perhaps "They have a literary sense of language", might get the idea across - though "literary" has other more commonly understood senses. – WS2 Feb 27 '20 at 14:24
1

That's called ‘graphocentrism’:

Graphocentrism or scriptism is a typically unconscious interpretative bias in which writing is privileged over speech. [Wikipedia]

The opposite is phonocentrism which is the belief that speech is superior to writing.

-1

If you don't mind alliteration...

They have a penchant for primitive print. They continue to write their language exclusively using a millennia-old literary form that has long diverged from their spoken language.

penchant - (n.) - a strong or habitual liking for something or tendency to do something

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.