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Georgian [was Re: cyrillic?]

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Sunday, August 17, 2003, 13:25
Quoting Isaac Penzev <isaacp@...>:

> Tomasi Virma dats'era:
Some nitpicks: (1) Probably, if one were transliterating a western name "Thomas" into Georgian, one would use the Georgian equivalent thereof: _Tamaz_ -- which incidentally is not from Greek, but from the Semitic name of the Mesopotamian deity. cf. Tamaz Gamq'relije > Thomas Gamqrelidze (2) First names do not take case endings: _Tamaz Uierma dac'era_ "Thomas Wier wrote it". Georgians perceive English /w/ as Georgian /u/; I use the spelling translation "Uieri" because the Georgian word _uiri_ means "donkey".
> > Georgian must be a terror for dyslexics: > > no less than eight of the thirty-three letters look like the > > number three! > > IMHO, only vin (ვ), k'an (კ) and p'ar (პ) may be confused on early > stages...
This is debatable of course :) When I was first learning the language, gani, vini, k'ani, p'ari, hae and a number of uncommon/ archaic letters looked like "3".
> > More seriously, Georgian has all sorts of > > alternative scripts and fonts, all commonly used unlike those > > in English, that make reading more difficult as one is first > > learning it. > > I didn't know that. All the fonts on my computer (in 4 encodings: ITV, Mail > Standard, Parliament Standard and Unicode) and in two primers are quite > readable, all being variants of Mkhedruli script. > > Trist'an Maklimats dats'era:
"T'rist'an Maklimts dac'era" :) (This assumes that the Georgians would interpret the name "McLeay" as a stem ending in a vowel; if they interpret the /i/ as the nominative case suffix, then it would be the easily pronounceable "Maklmats". I'm entirely sure how they would handle the "Mc", though. I suspect they do whatever Russian does.)
> > it still looks good! > > Agreed 100%. And the language is great too. > If one needs a real horror, that's lowercase Armenian!
Yes, I must say that's much more horrific. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637


Isaac Penzev <isaacp@...>