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Re: Phonomic & Phonetic writing [was; pseudo welsh etc]

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 21, 2002, 14:01
Barbara Barrett scripsit:

> I think that one of the ways one *might* spot a constructed language is > finding 2 or more letters (phonetically distinct) that are the same > phoneme and could have been represented by a single letter.
Hepburn-style Japanese romanization has this property, as does practical Quechua orthography. We write "Mitsubishi" although phonemically it is "Mitubisi", and Quechua writes five vowels despite having only three vowel phonemes. -- John Cowan <jcowan@...> "One time I called in to the central system and started working on a big thick 'sed' and 'awk' heavy duty data bashing script. One of the geologists came by, looked over my shoulder and said 'Oh, that happens to me too. Try hanging up and phoning in again.'" --Beverly Erlebacher


Muke Tever <mktvr@...>
Barbara Barrett <barbarabarrett@...>