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Re: Chinese writing systems

From:Barry Garcia <barry_garcia@...>
Date:Monday, November 4, 2002, 16:46
> 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. 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.