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Re: Logographic English was Re: Divergent Scripts

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Saturday, August 31, 2002, 22:22
Peter Clark scripsit:

> I can easily imagine a scenario in which students five > hundred years hence are still able to read Hemingway in the "original" with > only glosses at the bottom of the page for obsolete words (much like what we > do for Shakespeare today), even though pronunciation has completely changed.
The only reason students can do that with Shakespeare is that we almost completely rationalize and modernize the spelling. -- John Cowan <jcowan@...> "One time I called in to the central system and started working on a big thick 'sed' and 'awk' heavy duty data bashing script. One of the geologists came by, looked over my shoulder and said 'Oh, that happens to me too. Try hanging up and phoning in again.'" --Beverly Erlebacher