correction (was: Not all Arabics are created equal...)

From: Gregg Reynolds (
Date: Wed Jul 12 2000 - 07:24:50 EDT

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gregg Reynolds []
> Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2000 10:37 PM
> To: Unicode List
> Cc: 'Unicode List'
> Subject: RE: Not all Arabics are created equal...
> I have before me a 1911 copy of "A Grammar of the Persian
> Language" by John
> T. Platts, an Oxford scholar. On page 182 the text reads (my loose,
> arabic-base transliteration):
> Just like Arabic. Did he just get it completely wrong? It's
> possible, but
> in general those ol' 19th century European Philologists were
> pretty good on
> the details.

Unlike, for example, me. I neglected to note that this passage occurs in
the middle of a long section on Arabic grammatical forms. Why it didn't
occur to me that those were arabic words and not Persian I have no idea.
Ooops. But in any case, this doesn't change the main point: Persian may be
spoken MSD-first, but its written forms are LSD-first.


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