A quick search through the interlinear file shows that there are quite a lot of l- words which are not preceded by an -o word. However in most cases where "o l" occurs, the text 'feels' better if the space is moved either before the "o" or after the "l".
There are also quite a few "o r" instances, but interestingly it seems that a lot of the "r"s in these cases are either followed by another space, or by "aiin".
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rene Zandbergen [mailto:r_zandbergen@xxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: 25 May 2004 15:21
> To: vms-list@xxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: VMs: Split -ol- pairs...?
> Importance: Low
> --- Nick Pelling <incoming@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Hi Rene,
> > So: if (English) 'th' was the equivalent of (Currier
> > A EVA) "ol", why would
> > nearly all "h-" words be preceded by "-t" words?
> Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that this
> was an (as yet unproven) prediction.
> I am very skeptical about any theory that assumes
> spaces could be arbitrary, or inserted deliberately
> in the wrong places.
> I have not yet heard a good argument why this should
> be so. The fact that we can't make anything of
> the text under the alternate hypothesis ("spaces
> are real") does not count, IMHO.
> I have seen several arguments why spaces
> seem honest separators of words (or other units)
> 1) label words are found in the text, flanked
> by spaces
> 2) spaces have more variation of letters around
> them than the other characters. This is also
> observed in English and Latin p.t. This is
> a quantitative result I once obtained
> (using the Currier alphabet), not just an
> That of course does not close the issue, but
> explains my point of view.
> Cheers, Rene
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