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Re: "Useful languages"

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Thursday, February 14, 2002, 17:16
Christophe Grandsire wrote:

>Personnally, I would definitely include Tibetan in the list of languages
with a
>strange orthography. Like French or English, the Tibetan orthography (using
>syllabic alphabet derived from the Devanagari, to make things easier :)) ) >describes quite accurately an earlier state of the language, but the sound >changes have put the spoken language far away from the written language,
>the written language has never been updated.
The same problem may affect some of the SE Asian languages that use Indic-derived scripts. For example, written "s" is [T] in Burmese, IIRC