[OT]: a strange language name abbreviation (was: How to encode reversed section sign?)

From: Janusz S. Bieñ (jsbien@mimuw.edu.pl)
Date: Fri Aug 06 2010 - 15:42:51 CDT

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    On Fri, 06 Aug 2010 jsbien@mimuw.edu.pl (Janusz S. Bieñ) wrote:

    > An important 19th century dictionary of Polish uses two kinds of
    > section sign, illustrated in the attachment, there is over 5000
    > occurrences of the characters. Dirty OCR interpreted both of them as
    > the letter g, so you can see most of them visiting
    > http://poliqarp.wbl.klf.uw.edu.pl/slownik-lindego
    > switching on graphical concordances and using the query
    > g "\." within body

    Exploring the dictionary with the search engine (which is operational
    since today morning ...) I discovered two occurences of an unexplained
    abbreviation which refers to a language in which "silvir" means
    "silver" and "ses" means "six". The name of the language is
    abbreviated as "Kimr."

    Any ideas what the abbreviation is supposed to mean?

    The question is obviously off of the topic of the list but my
    curiosity is so strong that I was unable to resist...

    Best regards


    dr hab. Janusz S. Bien, prof. UW -  Uniwersytet Warszawski (Katedra Lingwistyki Formalnej)
    Prof. Janusz S. Bien - Warsaw University (Department of Formal Linguistics)
    jsbien@uw.edu.pl, jsbien@mimuw.edu.pl, http://fleksem.klf.uw.edu.pl/~jsbien/

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