Date: Fri, 3 Dec 1993 20:47:51 -0700


Subject: Re: th/dh

Dinnis'ez iz ez good ez inny. Sownz jes lahk mee.

Rudy Troike

P.S. That's why English spelling is on the way to being like Chinese characters

, many of which are also semi-phonemic. That is what has kept the Chinese

polity together for so many centuries, since everyone (literate) could read

the written language, even though their pronunciations might be as different

as English and German. Wouldn't it be nice if in order to read Swedish,

German, French, Russian, English, etc., all European-derived languages used

a character system like Chinese? Then we would be able to read everything

directly, without having to study the language separately in each case.

P.P.S. How do you say the quarter and half hour times in Swedish again?

I wonder if it is native or a calque on German?