Comma Splice: Speaking came long before writing, we speak much more...

Englishmypassion

Senior Member
India - Hindi
Hello Everyone,
Do you see a comma splice (the comma after "writing") in the following sentence or not?

"Speaking came long before writing, we speak much more, and all but a couple of hundred of the world's thousands of languages are rarely or never written."

(Please avoid discussing factual accuracy, etc. of the sentence.)

Thanks.
 
  • Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    I would fill out the second phrase 'we speak much more than we write'.

    With that alteration, this is a list properly punctuated with commas.
    "Speaking came long before writing, we speak much more than we write, and all but a couple of hundred of the world's thousands of languages are rarely or never written."
    Without that alteration, the problem is 'we speak much more', not a comma splice.
     
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