tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Wed Jun 24 01:55:37 2009
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Re: Klingon orthography
Michael Everson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
On 24 Jun 2009, at 05:07, MorphemeAddict@wmconnect.com wrote:
> In a message dated 6/23/2009 21:00:22 Eastern Daylight Time,
> email@example.com writes:
>> New speakers trained in any new romanization would be unable to read
>> the classic texts, such as Hamlet and ghIlghameS, unless they learn
>> the old romanization, which defeats the purpose of introducing the
>> system in the first place.
> I doubt this would be a problem. Lots of languages have had
> spelling or other reforms, and the younger speakers don't seem to
> have much trouble with reading the older forms. There's Chinese,
> Russian, German, Dutch, Irish, Spanish - just for quick examples.
Actually the Irish spelling reform was massive. Not only was the font
changed from Gaelic to Roman, but suffixes like -ughadh were
simplified to -ú.
> It would be a difference between one era of Klingon and another, but
> I don't think it would be a real obstacle, especially since no
> information would be lost in the new orthography.
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/