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    no matter how well developed are their writing systems.

    We say language is vocal because the primary medium is sound for all languages, no matter how well developed are their writing systems. (Linguistics: A Course Book. page 4)

    Can I rewrite the above sentence as follows?
    We say language is vocal because the primary medium is sound for all languages, no matter how well developed their writing systems are.
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: no matter how well developed are their writing systems.

    Your rewrite is much better than the original which, in my opinion, is unnatural. It would be equally grammatical without "are" appearing anywhere.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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