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    Re: Mid XIX century Nav
    From: Herbert Prinz
    Date: 2005 Nov 20, 14:25 -0500

    Frank Reed wrote:
    >...the famous Russian naval officer I.F.  Kruzenshtern in about 1805...
    Speaking of difficulties with transliteration... If linguistics were a
    science, one could at least expect that transliteration is an injective
    and surjective mapping from one alphabet into another and thus an
    invertible function. "Krusenstern" is a German name. It's a miracle how
    the back-transliteration of its transliteration into cyrillic became
    "Kruzenshtern". After a few more iterations of forth and back
    transliterations, the poor guy might end up being called "Crusiks"
    again. (That's apparently what the family started out with before one of
    them became a nobleman and adopted a more distinguished name.)
    Herbert Prinz

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