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CHAT: Malenkaya Rossiya, Texas (NOT Malaya), and DubYa/DuBBa/DaW

From:Danny Wier <dawier@...>
Date:Monday, August 21, 2000, 7:20
--- John Cowan <cowan@...> wrote:

> On Sat, 19 Aug 2000, Danny Wier wrote: > > > The Cyrillic script used is not much different from the > > pre-Soviet alphabet (it still has the letters i, jat, izhitsa and > > fita), except umlauted a, o and u are also used, along with an sz > > ligature: ß(which is rarely used actually since Cyrillic has > letters > > for /s/, /z/ and /ts/ already). > > I'm trying to imagine what a Cyrillic ligature for "sz" would look > like, and how it would be written. I think in handwriting especially > it would be absolutely indistinguishable from the two-letter > sequence, > and so would not be felt as a proper letter, but more like the > "typesetter's ligatures" fi, fl, etc. which are totally subconscious.
sz ligature would be practically identical to German es-zet, if you make Cyrillic s (which looks like Latin c) into an elogated letter, which too would be identical to Latin long s). The sequence is unnecessary since Cyrillic has letters for /s/ and /z/, while German s has the value of either [z] or [s] depending on position in word, while German z is always pronounced [ts]. The addition of es-zet is necessary since you have single and doubled /s/, and the latter already required a double-s. Unicode only has individual presentation ligature forms only for Latin (fi and fl are most common) and Armenian (mostly Cn sequences), but Unicode has A TON of Arabic ligatures.
> > DubYa. > > Is this a reference to the would-be U.S. president, your > fellow-countryman?
Naw, just the first letter of my last name. My signatures differ according to my mood. DaW. __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Yahoo! Mail – Free email you can access from anywhere!