From: Christoph Päper (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Aug 18 2009 - 14:28:43 CDT
> On Tue, 2009-08-18 at 10:51 +0100, Julian Bradfield wrote:
>> Is it really the case that Arabic and Hindi speakers *can't read*
>> unshaped script?
> Yes. Most of them can't. Disjoint Arabic script is very hard to
> read by the average person (...). It's *not* comparable to, say,
> reading Latin in ALL CAPS.
I won’t disagree that people who have Arabic as a first script are
not used to and would rather not read it segmentally, but I don’t
believe they’re unable to read it. Do you know studies to back up
this claim or is it just your experience?
The situation may be different for Brahmi-derived Indic scripts.
 “True” segmental reading of course never happens with skilled
readers -- i.e. grammar school level or better -- of any mature
script (alphabetic or otherwise).
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