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Re: VMs: [VMS] Arabic again
21/10/2004 11:04:45 PM, Jorge Stolfi <stolfi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>Indeed the word-length distribution (WLD) of the Quran, in vowelless
>Arabic and a "native" encoding, is surprisingly similar to that of
It has to do with most roots consisting of three consonants
and only long vowels being represented. Most derived forms are
prefixing or suffixing a single consonant, so that the distribution
of word lengths is quite... can't think of the word.. "narrow"
>On the contrary,
>it seems that some people have looked hard at Arabic, and rejected it.
A suggestion was "dotless Arabic". Remove the dots from the
consonants and you end up with:
r = z
d = dh (soft th)
t = n = b = y = th
s = sh
S = D (emphatic s and d)
Much guessing ensues (is this byt "house" or
nyb "playing card"?)
But even dotless Arabic does not match Voynichese
at all. I have posted here about it several times.
For instance, if we assume that <qo> = "al-"
(alif, lam) we expect to see <q> (alif) word-finally.
We also expect to see it followed by just about
any other letter. We don't.
If we say <qo> = "wa" (and, spelt "w") then we are
saying that this is Arabic with the vowels written.
So <q> = w and <o> = a.
But then again, we she should see <q> occurring
in any position, followed by any consonant or vowel.
Same for whatever values we might assign to <qo>.
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