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Re: Klingon orthography (was: Okrand at qep'a')

MorphemeAddict (MorphemeAddict@wmconnect.com) [KLI Member] [Hol taghwI']



In a message dated 6/24/2009 04:42:26 Eastern Daylight Time, 
everson@evertype.com writes:

> 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.
> 

If an English text with upper and lowercase is made all upper or all 
lowercase, then information is lost which only *may* be partially recoverable 
based on rules of English requiring certain positions and kinds of words be 
capitalized.  Any nonstandard use of capitalization is lost.

The distinction between the letters <q> and <Q> is not trivial.  Recovering 
them from a modified text is usually not hard, because they can be 
recovered from a knowledge of Klingon.  For people who don't know Klingon, it's a 
lot harder.

lay'tel SIvten






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