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Re: Chinese writing systems

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 6, 2002, 8:13
Barry Garcia wrote:
>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. 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? Andreas _________________________________________________________________ MSN 8 helps eliminate e-mail viruses. Get 2 months FREE*.


John Cowan <jcowan@...>Abugidas (was: Chinese writing systems)