Re: Boustrophedon (was: Re: Question about the directionality of "Old Hungarian" (document N3531))

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Fri Nov 07 2008 - 03:37:30 CST

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    On 7 Nov 2008, at 08:51, André Szabolcs Szelp wrote:

    >> The word "rovas" is not English. It's spelt incorrectly thus (being
    >> {"rovás"), and no English speaker anywhere would pronounce it
    >> correctly (as [ˈrovæʃ]).
    > As you have just demonstrated well, as the correct way would be
    > actually [ˈrovaːʃ] ;-)

    I did leave the length mark off. Evidently <rovas> would be [ˈrovɑʃ]
    and <rovás> is [ˈrovaːʃ]; an English-speaker tends to hear the
    distinction as between [a] and [æː] however. In any case <rovas> in
    English would be pronounced ['roʊvəz], which is also certainly

    Michael Everson *

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