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Poll by Email No. 12

From:Peter Clark <peter-clark@...>
Date:Saturday, May 25, 2002, 19:18
        This week's poll is brought to you by Philip Newton, who is curious about
how you name letters. (Since someone will inevitably ask about syllabic
systems, wedge them wherever they fit.)
        A. My language has names for letters which mean something (like Hebrew
"aleph" = "ox", "beth" = house")
        B. My language has names for letters which have no meaning, but look like
"real words" (like Greek "alpha, beta")
        C. My language has names for letters, but they're fairly simple. However,
there are a variety of methods used to form the names (such as French "cé,
ji, ache, elle")
        D. My language has names for letters, and they're fairly repetitive -- say,
two main methods of forming names (such as /xe/ and /Ex/ for consonants /x/).
        E. My language has very boring names for letters (such as Esperanto "a, bo,
co, cxo, do").
        F. My language has no names for its letters.


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2. If you desire, include a longer response in your email, outlining your
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3. By including a long response, you grant permission for your response to be
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4. I reserve the right to edit your response for space and content. Not all
responses may be published.
5. All poll answers, however, will be accounted for. Multiple votes will not
count, you cheater. Hedging answers will be pounded into the closest category.
6. This is not scientific by any stretch of the imagination.
7. Poll topics welcome.
8. The poll results and a selection of responses will be posted next
Saturday, 1 June, along with a new poll question.


Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>