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Re: CHAT: Measurements (was: Re: CHAT: browsers)

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Friday, February 14, 2003, 18:21
Christophe wrote:
> After dealing with > > English, I'm sure we could easily compel the maggelophones to borrow > > the > > proper words for 10^6, 10^12 etc, as well as forcing them to use > > "muorhiadf" > > for 10^4. > > > >Something I need to warn you: trying to force Maggel speakers to do >anything >will generally make you end up on the menu for the next dinner.
I'm inedible. Muahahaha ... and I'm evil too - the early versions of Cyran orthography are at least as bad as Maggel. /s/ could be written in several ways; "s", "ss", "sz", "z", "zz", "zh" and "zhz". "Y" was impredictably either /i/ or /j/, "h" could mean /h/, /e/ or be silent. Both vowels and consonants could be doubled without any change of pronunciation, and /e/, one of the commonest phonemes could be unwritten. There's absolutely no way of telling that "Mzn" is /mesene/, rather than, say /emzen/ or /m=zn=/, and given the pronunciation, it could just as well be spelt "Mhzhznne".
>And why would they need a word for 10^4 when they have a base 20 system? >They >already have |iuemahl| ["yImIL] for "8000".
What makes you think I'm going to allow 'em to continue to count in base 20? I'm going to make them count in base 10 000. Andreas _________________________________________________________________ Add photos to your messages with MSN 8. Get 2 months FREE*.


Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>