Date: Fri, 3 Dec 1993 20:47:51 -0700
From: Rudy Troike RTROIKE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ARIZVMS.BITNET
Subject: Re: th/dh
Dinnis'ez iz ez good ez inny. Sownz jes lahk mee.
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?