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beautiful scripts (to Christophe/Amber)

From:SuomenkieliMaa <suomenkieli@...>
Date:Tuesday, October 9, 2001, 13:35
> In a message dated 02.10.2001 12:52:28 AM, > amber@OJNK.NET writes: > >It reminds me a little of Khmer, which is another > script I like a whole lot.
> >On Tue, Oct 02, 2001 at 09:33:52AM +0200, > Christophe Grandsire wrote: > >> Indeed, that's a beautiful script! But how can > you write that, let alone > read > >> that at normal speed?!! The letters look to > intricated and similar to be > >> writing as they are in normal handwriting! > Probably a hell difficult to > read > >> and write! :)
Hi Christophe, Amber, At the moment, I'm learning Thai "for the fun of it." You may know that Thai, albeit a completely separate language from Khmer, has imported a large bulk of its vocabulary (and customs, it seems) from Cambodia. Occasionally, I have glanced over this quite consise manual of Khmer hand-writing I picked up this summer while on vacation in Phnom Penh -- it does resemble Thai in a lot of ways, and Thai, if you ask me, is a piece-of-cake to master. After a couple of weeks focusing on the mind-boggling manner in which the Thais write, you do catch on quickly! Let me tell you that, from the perspective of a Westerner, Japanese 3-layered kana/kanji script still takes the medal as "most difficult to master reading/writing"! After nearly 10 yrs (half of which I've lived/worked in the country), I'm almost ready to comfortably read a newspaper in Japanese... By the way, my half-hearted attempt at my conlang (Vya:a:h) has left me stumped. The script appears a pseudo-Khmer script written in form of Hangul, but also incorporates the Chinese/Japanes system of pictograms for up to the 500 most common concepts. I'm stumped, however, with how to keep the "3-to-an-inverted-triangle-set" concept I want, as most of the vocab are polythetic (is that the right word? -- ie, very long words). I don't want to break a word up into 2 "sets" as the writing then loses flavor. The more I think about it, the more I come up with ways to "abbreviate" the writing of long words -- ie, a 10-syllable word-phrase turning out to be written in only 3 key characters (but which defy the original pronunciation values assigned to those chars)! At first, it was fun to think of new "vowel/consonant harmony" rules but now I've got way too many!! Well, anyway, that's my two cents about Khmer... Matt33 __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? NEW from Yahoo! GeoCities - quick and easy web site hosting, just $8.95/month.


Amber Adams <amber@...>beautiful scripts