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Re: Deseret alphabet

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Thursday, August 28, 2003, 19:47
Barry Garcia scripsit:

> >Like P and B in the capital Latin alphabet. > > Yes, but P and B are in a script that "evolved"
It would be interesting to know how the shape of rho got to be transferred to representing the sound of pi. Does anyone understand it?
> >Like K and G in the capital Latin alphabet. > > As are the above two, which also evolved.
The proper pair is C and G, since K was rare in Latin usage. We actually know the name of the person who created the letter G: he was a teacher of reading and and writing named Spurius Carvilius Ruga, who somewhere around 293 B.C.E. got tired of explaining to his students that the letter C had two sounds, one as in CASSIVS and one as in RVCA. The idea caught on. Even evolved alphabets aren't devoid of occasional acts of invention.
> I also dislike scripts such as Cherokee, which look like a bunch of Latin > letters and arabic numerals went into battle and came out with > amputations, mental problems, prostetics, speaking another language :).
Not really Sequoyah's fault. He had much prettier glyphs in mind, but was persuaded to use mostly Latin sorts because that's what the printer, one Samuel A. Worcester, had available. -- "But the next day there came no dawn, John Cowan and the Grey Company passed on into the darkness of the Storm of Mordor and were lost to mortal sight; but the Dead followed them. --"The Passing of the Grey Company"