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Written forms (was: Moi, le Kou)

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Saturday, January 13, 2001, 1:49
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Date: Saturday, January 13, 2001 8:44 AM
Subject: Re: Written forms (was: Moi, le Kou (was: verbs = nouns?))

>Géarthnuns has a "print" and "cursive" form of its own alphabet. Shapes are >close enough to Roman and Cyrillic forms that I can write with a speed >comparable to English. Two or three "fonts" are out there as well. There is >a calligraphic form which looks rather Fraktur-like, but since I've never >used a Western-style calligraphic pen, I've only done the Lord's Prayer and >an alphabet primer, outlining the forms in pencil and then filling them in >with a flair pen. Amateur hour. I see this form, however, like Fraktur in >its heyday, as the standard used in the majority of Géarthnuns newspapers >and serious literary works.
Fraktur...<shudder> No aspersion on you--it's beautiful, but it's such a pain in the butt to read (in German anyway) because I get lost in a sea of vertical strokes. I did try to learn it calligraphy-wise but it's trickier than the calligraphy alphabets that I do use semi-regularly. (It's not too hard to teach yourself--I did, plus a trimester of intro calligraphy in middle school, during which I appalled the teacher by not using a ruler to space everything methodically.) Sounds fun. :-) YHL