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Re: Old Languages

From:SuomenkieliMaa <suomenkieli@...>
Date:Saturday, October 13, 2001, 8:55
--- "Karapcik, Mike" <Karapcik@...> wrote:
> I don't know, honestly. However, Sanskrit shows a > lot of linguistic > planning in the alphabet, so this probably made > sense to them. > As a "sort-of example", in Japanese, written text > is one continuous > string of characters. When we asked our sensei about > this (college class), > he said, "You don't break what you say when > speaking. So why when writing?". > I would imagine there was a similar mentality in > Sanskrit.
Neither do I know about Sanskrit, but with Japanese, even though you get a long string of words with division, you tend to be able to recognize word beginnings & endings quickly by the use of the characters. As a very "general" rule, kanji comes up front for the real word meaning, while the kana script falls in between or at the back for indicating necessary sounds and/or grammatical constructions (*good common exception would, of course, be with the honorific o- or go-, which prefixes itself the words). Hope I didn't end up breaking the focus of this conversation, but just wanted to note that! Matt33 __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Make a great connection at Yahoo! Personals.


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