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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. /BP ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ B.Philip Jonsson <bpj@...> <melroch@...> Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant! (Tacitus)