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The joys </sarcasm> of using someone else's computer

From:Danny Wier <dawier@...>
Date:Saturday, February 15, 2003, 23:58
Question for Hotmailers: Well I tried checking/sending e-mail using Hotmail
on the Web, but I couldn't get it to send plain text? Everything always came
out as HTML mail. So I decided to use Outlook Express instead. Much faster
anyway. In case I gotta go to a library to check e-mail, how do send plain
text from Hotmail and a browser?

Also, I've FINALLY come up with a standard (?) orthography for Tech and any
other conlang I might have in the future. I'm using only the Times New Roman
(Latin-1/Windows Western range) and Symbol fonts. Since I'm specifying
phonemes, I won't be using an IPA-based system, and one would have to
understand the intricate sound rules.

I could use this type of "universal" phonemic alphabet for natlangs; it
seems to work best with Afrasian, Kartvelian and Indo-European languages
(and hence Nostratic).

Capital letters are the corresponding Greek lowercase letter, requiring the
Symbol font. <'> is a simple apostrophe/single quote, <`> is a grave accent,
and <"> is a double quote.

Stops/affricates are: plain (voiced), aspirated (voiceless) and glottalized
(voiceless ejective). Fricatives are voiceless and voiced (or voiceless if
one fricative is shown).
Labial: b p p' / f v (fricatives may be bilabial or labiodental)
Dental: d t t' / T* D
Alveolar sibilant: dz c c' / s z
Palatal sibilant: dz^ (z-caron) ç (c-cedilla) ç' / s^ (s-caron) z^
Alveolar laterals: dl tL tL' / L
Velar: g k k' / x G
Uvular: G' q q' x'
*T = theta, D = delta, L = lambda, G = gamma. P = phi may replace f in
dialects with bilabial fricatives.
Note the apostrophe indicates "emphasis".

Pharyngeals and glottals are the same as Arabic Hah, 'ayin, heh and alif.
Pharyngeal: h' `
Glottal: h '

The rest:
Nasals: m n n' ñ (n-tilde = eng)
Laterals: l l'
Rhotics: r r'
*Apostrophe indicates palatization or retroflexion, depending on language.
Semivowels: w y -- also marks "soft" and "hard" secondary segments for
Long consonats are doubled.

Vowels (high to low)
Front unrounded: i e ä (a-umlaut)
Central unrounded: " (= schwa) a
Back rounded: u o å (a-ring)
Front rounded: ü (u-umlaut) ö (o-umlaut)
Back unrounded: ï (i-umlaut) ë (e-umlaut)
Long vowels use a circumflex above, unless marked by umlaut (probably have
to double the vowel then). Nasalization is implied by a following nasal
consonant (typically n).

So, if you see me using some weird phonetic system in my webpages (if they
ever come into being), this is what I mean. I'll include an explanation if I
get a homepage. I'll always include notes in my posts though.


Danny Wier <dawier@...>