Re: Chinese writing systems
|From:||Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, November 6, 2002, 8:13|
Barry Garcia wrote:
> > 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.
Would you please enlighten me on the term "alphasyllabary"? Does it mean a
mixture of alphabetic and syllabic writing, or what?
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