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    Re: Mid XIX century? Nav
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2005 Nov 22, 01:28 -0500

    On Nov 22, 2005, at 1:08 AM, Frank Reed wrote:
    
    >  By  contrast, some languages have very sparse sound
    > systems. Japanese and Finnish  are good examples of this. To write
    > English
    > effectively, we really ought to have  about fifteen to twenty more
    > letters (I say this
    > only in principle --it would  never happen). But you can write down
    > Japanese
    > and Finnish with fewer letters  than the usual 26 in our alphabet,
    > and nearly
    > every word is pronounced exactly  the way it's written.
    >
    
    Frank,
    
    Chinese and Japanese are also tonal languages, which cannot be
    conveyed by our alphabet.
    
    Fred (not to be transliterated into Frank!)
    
    
    

       
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