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Re: Tolkien's elfish script (was: Re: demuan identifiers re-visited)

From:wayne chevrier <wachevrier@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 31, 1999, 20:21
>From: Fabian <rhialto@...> > > > One classification I have seen is: > > Other- English :) > >Thanks! Abjad and Abugida were the words I was looking for. I remember a >usenet post listing these, but with the following changes: > >1) English is alphabetic. Just because it isn't particularly phonetic >doesn't make it any less alphabetic. >
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). ______________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free Email at