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Re: "Useful languages"

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Thursday, February 14, 2002, 4:34
On Wed, 13 Feb 2002 16:08:10 -0500, "Karapcik, Mike"
<Karapcik@...> wrote:

>| --- Herman Miller <hmiller@...> wrote: >| > On Tue, 12 Feb 2002 22:54:14 +0100, Florian Rivoal >| > <florian.rivoal@...> wrote: >| > >| > hard to read). While few languages are as easy to >| > read as Finnish or Czech, >| > there can hardly be many languages with as many >| > pitfalls as English when it >| > comes to spelling. > > Actually, from the small amount of study I've done so far (I want to >learn Czech, my last name is Czech, but I have a PlayStation....) Czech is >not as easy to read as it appears.
On second thought, I must have been thinking of Serbo-Croatian. But then on the other hand, Serbo-Croatian has unpredictable stress (not to mention tones and vowel length, which go unmarked). I guess Spanish would have been a better example after all, as Clint Jackson Baker suggested. Swahili and Turkish as well. My own conlangs (fictional as well as non-) have a tendency to be pretty consistently phonemic in spelling, but this might not be very realistic. I think I'll add Swedish to the list of useful languages, as a random example of a more naturalistic system of spelling that's still easier to read than English, but with interesting complications (and some cool vowel sounds). -- languages of Azir------> ---<>--- hmiller (Herman Miller) "If all Printers were determin'd not to print any email password: thing till they were sure it would offend no body, \ "Subject: teamouse" / there would be very little printed." -Ben Franklin


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