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Re: Non-phonetic alphabets?

From:Daniel A. Wier <dawier@...>
Date:Friday, January 14, 2000, 21:14
>From: Muke Tever <alrivera@...>
>Can anyone here think of a reason for a language to develop a kind of >non-phonetic alphabet--that is, one having no relation whatever to the way >it is spoken?
Sorry, it's been done already. It's called English. ;)
>The only ways I can think of it might occur are >- pictograms (not actually alphabetic, but...) >- a kind of extreme borrowing (the written language borrowed entirely from >an other, preferably unrelated language).
Other than the obvious Chinese, there's a script out there called Blissymbolics, which uses a pictographic/ideographic symbol system in many juxtapositions to indicate many different lexical meanings. Works a lot like Chinese too! I forgot where the homepage was that I found, but do a Yahoo! search and you'll find some good info. It's pretty neat, except I have no use whatsoever for it (I use a modified Arabic with Devanagari-like borrowings for a personal shorthand). Danny ______________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free Email at