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Re: Piat (was: Another NatLang i like)

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Thursday, July 15, 1999, 17:42
BP Jonsson wrote:

> This mapping seems awfully strange for a Central European language. One > would have expected /k/="k", /ts/="c", /dz/="z" for a language in that part > of the world, especially in view of the fine one phoneme--one letter > mapping that applies otherwise.
Exactly. The inventor, one Dzozip Fyrac, had a great admiration for Welsh and Romanian, and imported some of their orthographic conventions. There was also the desire to be different from their neighbors. When the orthography of Dutch was being nailed down, it was found that the Dutch in the Netherlands preferred the spelling "cultuur", to avoid being too German, whereas their neighbors in Belgium preferred "kultuur", to avoid being too French. -- John Cowan Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis um dies! / Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau, Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau / Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge / Politzer