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

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Monday, February 17, 2003, 9:26
En réponse à Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>:

> > Still, there are outrageous spellings like _graentz_ /grans/ "mountain > range", where both the "e" and the "t" are silent without any > justification. >
No worse than French "compte", where the "p" has been added only to make it look like Latin :)) (English "debt" is to put in the same boat :)) ).
> What's truly bad about this orthography is that manages to cause > massive > ambiguity while mapping 22 phonemes onto 25 letters* plus a couple of > dozen > digraphs.
Now that's indeed different from Maggel, which has probably something like 90+ phonemes for 17 letters (but dozens and dozens of digraphs :) ). The really unforgiveable part is, of course, the
> aforementioned > unsystematic indication of /e/. It doesn't even avoid identical > spellings > where it could; city name _Mrd_ /mr=d/ and _mrd_ /merede/ "rivercourse > in > delta". >
> There's random apostrophes thrown in too. Eg _M'cha_ /meSa/, > _Zzew'ten_ > /sevten/. >
The Star Trek effect? :))) Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.