The readers' analogue of -phone

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 2 13:03:48 UTC 2012

JB wrote: <<<An X-phone is someone who speaks language X, sometimes with
the connotation of "native" or preferred language.  What is the analogous
term for someone who reads language X?>>>
WB: (1) Reader in Greek is anagnost-es. *Angl(o)anagnost???
(2) If X-phone is literally <sound of the voice>, then a language reader
should analogically be X-symbol <symbols of writing>???
(3) How about X-log? Anglolog, Francolog. We alread have Sinologue. (Cf.
Hamlet, words, words, words.)

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