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Re: Written forms (was: Moi, le Kou)

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Sunday, January 14, 2001, 1:40
On Fri, 12 Jan 2001, DOUGLAS KOLLER wrote:

> The one > have a problem with is the old German cursive. I've seen some old German > town registries and stuff online, and while it's obviously written with the > utmost meticulousness by some needle-nosed stickler for detail, I find it > completely indecipherable. Cursive based on Fraktur? Now *that's* > frightening.
Just so. There is a college in Pennsylvania (I can't remember name or location) where you can take a 6-week course in reading old German handwriting every summer. (They assume you know German.) My mother, native German speaker, took the course one year, and said you need every bit of that 6 weeks to become a fluent reader. -- John Cowan One art/there is/no less/no more/All things/to do/with sparks/galore --Douglas Hofstadter