Re: Tolkien's elfish script (was: Re: demuan identifiers re-visited)
|From:||BP Jonsson <bpj@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, September 1, 1999, 20:04|
At 13:21 -0700 31.8.1999, wayne chevrier wrote:
>I was being humorous with the classification of English, but it is
>not a purely alphabetic system. the characters are alphabetic,
>but the words are a combination of phonetic (from various sources),
>morphophonemic (constant spelling for root even though they often
>change their pronunciation due to changes of stress and affixes,
>also found in modern Korean), and a handful of words which are logographic
>(e.g. e.g., &, of, &c., 23, and others whose pronunciation is completely
>unpredictable from the spelling).
All this is also true of Middle Persian writing -- scribes even wrote some
words in one language (Aramaic), but they were read aloud in another
(Persian), as if French words in English had been read out as their
Anglo-Saxon equivalent, /kau/ for _beef_ etc. --, but the script is no less
alphabetic for that.
B.Philip Jonsson <bpj@...> <melroch@...>
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