On Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 12:06 PM, Roger Mills <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > --- On Tue, 7/26/11, Sylvia Sotomayor <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > >> The sentence is from Lord Dunsany's The Charwoman's Shadow >> and it is >> about the mysteries of reading (and writing): >> >> "He taught the use of consonants, the reason of vowels, the >> way of the >> downstrokes and the up; the time for capital letters, >> commas, and >> colons; and why the 'j' is dotted, with many another >> mystery." >> > Fun!! Thanks!! Here's the Kash, appropriately adapted: > > mile yaçivarsa añumitni undriç kaket, oñi undriç kayi, vununi asitiç vaka i vita; anju umit yuriç candroñ, sañaçni loros i rindi; i ongandri "anja" yaworana "ca"; i pando apurik liyaç. > > Literal: us he-taught use-of letters linking, reason-of letters alive, direction-of lines down and up; when to use letters leaning, signs-of pause and stop; and why "anja" looks like "ca"; and many mystery other-pl > > "Leaning letters" = italics, used to indicate proper names etc.--there are no capitals. A saña loros (rest sign) is the comma, saña rindi (stop sign) is the period; we have colons, but no term for them yet........"anja" is the letter for /nj/ [ndZ], which indeed looks like "ca" /c/ [tS] with a descender; the last two words have the plural affix -ç on the adjective rather than the preceding noun, a permissible stylistic device. > "Letters alive"? Sounds cool whatever it refers to! -S -- Sylvia Sotomayor The sooner I fall behind the more time I have to catch up.