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Re: "Useful languages"

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Thursday, February 14, 2002, 20:09
On 14 Feb 02, at 2:43, Danny Wier wrote:

> Modern Greek uses some really strange diagraphs.
You think? But on the whole, it's pretty regular -- if you see a word written, you're pretty sure how it's pronounced. Even the word accent is marked. About the only thing which is uncertain are <mp> <nt> <gk>, which can be [b]/[mb]/[mp], [d]/[nd]/[nt], and [g]/[Ng]/[Nk], respectively. So I wouldn't claim it has "complex rules of orthography and phonetics". You just have to get used to things such as <oi> = [i]. On the other hand, you don't necessarily know how to spell a word, given its pronunciation. See, for example, the six ways to spell the phoneme [i]. Even Greeks get things wrong, especially <e> and <ai> (which are both [E]) in endings such as -ete vs -etai. Cheers, Philip -- Philip Newton <Philip.Newton@...>