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R: Re: orthographical question.

From:Mangiat <mangiat@...>
Date:Sunday, April 1, 2001, 16:48
Barry wrote:

> CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU writes: > >During colonial days, Indonesian used e-breve for schwa (vs. {e} for [e, > >E]). Somewhere in the 40s they switched to {e} schwa vs. {é}, much more > >sensible since {e} is very frequent, {é} not. Then in 1972 they > >eliminated > >all diacritics, so now you just have to _know_ which is which. Hmmph. > > And then you have Tagalog which doesnt use any accents on words, even > though proper stress is crucial to knowing the meaning. If i were to > reform it, i would make set a rule that accents had to be written.
So does Italian. There is a substantial difference between: ['lavati] = was yourself! (imperative mood + clitic acc./dat. pronoun) and: [la'vati] = the washed ones (past participle). They're however written the same: <lavati>. Luca