RE: Query for Validity of Thai Sequence

Date: Sat Feb 10 2007 - 19:48:25 CST

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    My apologies
    below for" Quite the reverse is true" -- read "Quite the reverse is also true"


    > Yes, inpratice one canuse the script of any language to write another
    > language it is just a question of how big an adaption. Quite the
    > reverse is true a writing system is designed not to use certain
    > letters/ideogrammes so as to be different but at the same time is
    > related in some way. Having one's own writing system is often seen as
    > a matter of pride for many nations/ethnic-groups. I can think of few
    > cases where the primary reason for choosing a writing system was
    > praticality.
    > Quoting Peter Constable <>:
    >> Actually, I think actual adaptation of a script for use in other
    >> languages has less to do with its adaptability and more to do with
    >> things like prestige or regional importance by virtue of its use
    >> for some major language(s). E.g. Arabic script wasn't adopted for
    >> writing Turkish because the script was particularly adaptable for
    >> that language.
    >> Peter
    >> -----Original Message-----
    >> From:
    >> [] On Behalf Of John Hudson
    >> Sent: Friday, February 09, 2007 10:06 AM
    >> To: Eric Muller
    >> Cc: Lokesh Joshi; Richard Wordingham;
    >> Subject: Re: Query for Validity of Thai Sequence
    >> Eric Muller wrote:
    >>>> Successful writing systems tend to get adapted for multiple languages,
    >>> The term "successful writing systems" makes me nervous, especially with
    >>> the "tend to get adapted" part. Unless you define "successful" by "get
    >>> adapted" (in which case you have a tautology), the value judgment is at
    >>> best dubious. And anyway, your argument works equally well without
    >>> "Successful", so why go there?
    >> That's an entirely fair comment. I was writing quickly, but I
    >> suppose I was thinking of
    >> 'successful' in terms of demonstrated adaptability. Thinking of a
    >> script like Thai: this
    >> is a writing system that has already been adapted to a number of
    >> minority languages, ergo
    >> 'successful' in this sense, and it is reasonable to think that it
    >> might be adapted to
    >> others. In any case, the basic point is that one shouldn't make
    >> assumptions about how
    >> characters will be used in such adaptations.
    >> JH
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