I found attempting to communicate without speaking somewhat difficult. Especially anything that couldn’t be pointed at.
I noticed my partner asking me questions trying to figure out what I was trying to get across. It was extremely difficult trying to communicate anything with any detail. Charades with a fifteen minute time limit and a whole conversation to guess not just one word. It was a lot of work.
I feel that the culture that is able to speak would definitely have the advantage. Also, the speaking culture would probably feel they are superior to the non-speaking culture.
The deaf, the blind, as well as physically handicapped persons all have some difficulty communicating with spoken language. I feel it greatly limits the interaction that they have with people that do speak. Having in depth detailed conversation would be painfully tedious. Those that do speak may slow down there speech and emphasize their pronunciation.
I think the most difficult thing was restricting facial expression and tone of voice.
This experiment shows that “signs” are a very important part of our language. For example if someone could not change the tone or emphasize the urgency when yelling “FIRE”. Or if someones criticism wasn’t conveyed when they spoke and they were taken literally. It could be disasterous.
Yes, there are people that have difficulty reading body language. Body language helps convey if someone is telling the truth, is attracted to another, is nervous, mad, etc.. and can also help clarify what is being spoken.
I think the experiment in Part 1 would have been easier if I could have written. However, the “tone” may be lost in written form and the writing and reading would still take up unnecessary time.
Written language benefits a culture by providing a record and history. A culture could learn from past events without the need for someone from that time being there.
An author is enabled by written language to convey a message without actually having to be at a given place or time. Ideas could written down and then translated if needed spreading the benefits to the far reaches of the world.