Semitic RTL (Was: Ayeri: Menan Coyalayamoena ena McGuffey)
|From:||Tim May <butsuri@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, April 10, 2005, 8:53|
Benct Philip Jonsson wrote at 2005-04-09 22:49:45 (+0200)
> Carsten Becker skrev:
> >  This raises a question: The Proto-Semitics, were they mostly
> > left-handed, or why are semitic languages written from right to
> > left? It would be more natural for a left-handed person. I guess
> > left-to-right became the standard direction in Europe because
> > most people are right handed and writing is easier for them that
> > way.
> I've seen the right-to-left direction claimed to be an inheritance
> from pictographic writing. When a right-handed person draws a
> person or an animal they tend to draw them looking leftwards, and
> that determined the direction of writing.
But figures in Egyptian hieroglyphics face _into_ the line of reading,
so left-facing animals would mean left-to-right reading order.