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Re: Klingon orthography

David Trimboli ( [KLI Member] [Hol po'wI']

Michael Everson wrote:
> On 24 Jun 2009, at 19:26, David Trimboli wrote:
>> I encountered some transformation problems when I was working the
>> bugs out of my MUSH regional speech commands, which let you type
>> ta' Hol and you speak a regional accent.
>> Qotmagh and taQ'ev were easy: the first just changes /b/ to /m/ and
>> / D/ to /N/; the second changes /b/ to /mb/ and /D/ to /ND/.
> Not reversible though.

/N/ and /ND/ can be reversed, since /N/ is not a ta' Hol phoneme. The 
others aren't reversible, unless there's a complex trick examining the 
rest of the word that I haven't thought of.

>> Morska was the hardest. I had to do it in three regular expression 
>> passes. For those of you familiar with MUSHcode, here it is:
>> [setq(0, regeditall(%0, H(?=a|e|I|o|u), h, tlh(?=a|e|I|o|u), 
>> ghl))][setq(1, regeditall(%q0, tlh, ts, H, ))][regeditall(%q1, 
>> Q(?=a|e|I|o|u), H)]
>> %0 is the input ta' Hol. The first pass changes any /H/ followed by
>> a vowel into /h/ and any /tlh/ followed by a vowel into /ghl/. Then
>> you take whatever you have now and put it through the second pass:
>> change any remaining /tlh/ and turn it into /ts/, and delete any
>> remaining / H/. Finally, run that result through the final pass:
>> turn any /Q/ followed by a vowel into an /H/.
>> I don't remember what bugs I saw in setting this up, but this is 
>> exactly the sort of situation where case matters a great deal.
> You mean I'm not dreaming? ;-)

A pipe dream at best, I'm afraid.


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