Re: Defined Private Use was: SSP default ignorable characters

From: John Cowan (
Date: Wed Apr 28 2004 - 22:54:53 EDT

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    Mark E. Shoulson scripsit:

    > It's not unlike what Hebrew does on a very small scale with its furtive
    > patah: the vowel is encoded after the consonant but pronounced before
    > it. It may not look too sensible when you read the sequence of
    > characters--but who reads the sequence of characters anyway? *Writing*
    > the sequence of characters may be a little more tricky, but generally
    > things are read more than they are written anyway.

    Yeah, but we're talking a *radical* rearrangement that would make
    textual analysis practically impossible:

            a lebrethe glithnoile
            slivirne pnena mriile
            o mnele galra lenetha!
            na-chraede plana-driile
            o gladharmemni nenrotha
            fnauliso el lninthano
            nve aera, si nve aerano.

    Try doing sensible morphological analysis of *that*.

    And of course, in the mode of Beleriand the text would be completely
    different, and not just because vowel letters were replacing the vowel

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