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Eiji (was: NATLANG/Learning : Sanskrit)

From:Isaac Penzev <isaacp@...>
Date:Thursday, August 14, 2003, 7:20
Muke Tever wrote:

<<If we were going to be sensible, we'd not do it as the Chinese do it but as
Japanese do it, and have one sign with several readings--for English, we'd have
to have native readings, French/Latin readings, and Greek readings for most
[skip examples]
I've always wanted to build a kleptographic system along these lines but never
get around to doing so.>>

Some ten years ago I read something similar in one of books for studying kanji;
the way the Japanese writing system works, was explained by English Germanic vs.
Romance examples. I made a try to expand the thing too, but soon abandoned it.
<rhetoric questions> Should I give another try? And what about using
"functional" hanzi (like Chinese 了 for perfective) instead of okurigana)?
</rhetoric questions> ;))

> From: "Steg Belsky" <draqonfayir@...> > > -Stephen (Steg), who tried unsuccessfully to find an "eiji" for 'steg' > > (=roof, cover) > > Well, roof is '屋'... but I dont know one for 'cover' offhand (which would > probably be better).
IMHO, 屋 both in Chinese (wu1) and Japanese (OKU/ya) means "dwelling place". I would recommend 蓋 GAI/futa (Jp) : gai4 (Ch, simplified form 盖). Not in the kanji minimum, but still... ~~~~~~Yitzik~~~~~~ P.S. Yes, I'm back, though mostly in a lurking mode...