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Thai (Re: Back to basics - or musings of an old bore)
> I don't know much about Thai, but I do remember a speaking to someone
> studying it when I was at the language institute. I remember it having
> a huge number of characters in it's alphabet.
No, only 40 or so. There are two sets, just like our lower and
uppercase letters (wow, 52, just as many as there are cards
in a bridge deck -- is that significant???), except that their
two sets have to do with tones. The tones are represented by
small digits above the letters. The alphabet itself is
derived from Sanskrit, as are Lao, Khmer, Javanese, and many
more in South-East Asia (and Burmese, which I nearly forgot,
and Tibetan, which is, however, in North-East Asia).