tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Wed Jun 24 01:41:46 2009
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Re: Klingon orthography (was: Okrand at qep'a')
Michael Everson (email@example.com)
On 24 Jun 2009, at 04:52, MorphemeAddict@wmconnect.com wrote:
>> On 23 Jun 2009, at 22:21, MorphemeAddict@wmconnect.com wrote:
>>> Changing normal Klingon to all upper or all lowercase does not
>>> make a text unreadable. Ambiguity is introduced, but it's
>>> trivial. There
>>> are very few words that are distinguished by "q" vs. "Q". These
>>> are resolved by context. So this "problem" isn't really a problem.
>> Why bother to make the distinction at all, then?
> This seems to be so obvious I can't believe you asked it.
I was being ironic.
> Because they are different phonemes and not allophones.
Yet you said that the distinction is trivial, that you can read a text
which does not make the distinction very easily. In which case, why
bother to distinguish them, if it's more or less optional?
I also do not think it is optional, which is why I think Klingon would
benefit from a spelling reform.
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/