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boustrophedon in Re: yet another romance conlang

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 5, 2000, 20:14
On Wed, 5 Jan 2000 09:56:00 -0500 John Cowan <jcowan@...>
> ACK PFFT! Jews have always used the Hebrew alphabet to write their > special languages (though Ladino is often written *more Romanico* > nowadays). > Please lose this over-cute feature.
> <jcowan@...>
. Cute? I thought it'd look cool, not cute... and that it might be slightly faster to read, since you don't have to go back and find the beginning of the next line if it's right below the end of the previous line. And, it might not be such an airtight equation of judeo-languages being written in hebrew characters, since those are all diasporan, and ju:dajca is supposed to be judean. could the RL languages have been written in hebrew in order to differentiate them from the surrounding language that they were derived from? And with the language spreading out from roman imperial colonists, i doubt the original speakers of the language would have switched over to hebrew script for the benefit of the judeans they were trying to overwhelm. it's like the black hole in the book _earth_ by david brin, making the best out of a case of (albeit metaphorical linguistic) rape. And anyway, i said it's "commonly" written that way.....with the highly fractured conculture i'm trying to develop, there'd be some factions (unassimilated colonists, hellenists) who would write only in the latin script, and others (cultural zealots, religious officials) who would write only in the hebrew script (if people descended idealogically from zealots would speak in a romance language at all). On computers, of course, the latin script would be more popular. But i would write it boustrophedon, and i expect that a student rushing through rewriting an essay before the test is about to end would write it boustrophedon too in order to save whatever measly seconds that it takes to go back to the beginning of the line. :-) -Stephen (Steg) "Eze-guvdhab wa'hrikh-a tze, / "zhoutzii wa'esh," i eze-mwe."