Re: Defined Private Use was: SSP default ignorable characters

From: Mark E. Shoulson (
Date: Thu Apr 29 2004 - 21:07:04 EDT

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    John Cowan wrote:

    >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*.
    If you know you're analyzing Sindarin, then you know what the
    rearrangement has done. Morphological analysis is a complicated thing;
    a program doing it can surely be smart enough to put the vowels back
    into logical order from canonical. And if you're not doing it by
    computer, why, where's the problem?

    >And of course, in the mode of Beleriand the text would be completely
    >different, and not just because vowel letters were replacing the vowel
    Of course it would be. And Arabic written in Latin letters has to be
    analyzed differently too (yes, the situations aren't really symmetric,
    since Latin isn't a native script for Arabic. But I think it still
    makes sense).

    Besides, you have a better idea? :)


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