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Re: Chinese writing systems

From:Florian Rivoal <florian@...>
Date:Tuesday, November 5, 2002, 19:01
>CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU writes: >> And thailand has its own alphabet, which is not roman. But since it >>is an alphabet, it should be very easy to learn, right? So why does no >>one (ok, not no one, but not so many) try to learn thai? > >By the way, this is NOT an alphabet.
I thought it was, but being not an expert in thai, i'd rather trust you, if you say so
>It's an alphasyllabary and it's hard >to learn because Thai has changed drastically from when the Thai adopted >the alphabet. The glyphs have changed sound values, and some old thai >sounds have merged with others, thus introducing complexity.
well, this complexity exist also in english, french, and most languages that are using more or less alphabetic systems. spelling in french or english, although logical, is very far from phonetic or phonemic.