ButhFam at compuserve.com
Mon Feb 21 11:28:04 EST 2000
Would the list mind trying to keep their posts shorter and more digestable?
Yesterday I pulled down two posts, 33K and 41K, out of curiousity as to
what could be causing such length.
I was surprised/not-surprised to find the following argument:
>>So we have to start with the data from the unpointed
>> manuscripts. ...
>> on the basis of orthography I see just two conjugations. ...
>Unfortunately, some important morphological distinctions are simply
>not encoded in the consonantal orthography, due to the nature of the
>consonant-only orthographic system (one semi-random example is the
>contrast between the prepositions k-, l-, and b- followed by a
>definite article vs. k-, l-, and b- followed by a noun not prefixed
>with a definite article).
Enough said, because the 41K of discussions never answered that basic
As any linguist knows, an orthography is only a partial representation of a
So please keep things SHORT(er). I do appreciate posts labelled (long) at
the beginning of the subject.
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