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Re: VMs: fake letters
It was *my* horse, Nick.
>hopefully this explanation should make it clear why I believe it to be
I was convinced the first time around. The possibility remains that,
aside from abbreviated endings, some letters were intentionally omitted
because they were not essential to reading the script.
> Really, I'm using the word "language" in a loose sense here
I know what you meant. I was inexcusably nitpicking. I stand by the
"if". . . . "if there is an underlying language". I think so but I
cannot prove it isn't birdsong.
>the micro-structure of the order of the underlying text seems
>consistent with a yet-to-be determined rule-based grammar of sorts,
>whether further enciphered or not. Essentially, there seems to be
>structure beneath the (fake alphabet) surface...
I understand "underlying text" as referring to a grammatical text from
which the script was derived. If that is right I am not sure I
understand the statement. If the overall thought here is that the VMS
hints at being so derived, I cannot disagree with what I have read in
support of that. Anything you can add would be helpful.
Eye of the beholder section:
You have a very good familiarity with the manuscript. If it is not too
vague a question, do you (make that plural) have some feeling of the
relationship of the quires to each other? I am not prepared to say why
but this is my sense of it. The letters to the left represent ordinary
texts in English that are "different" from one another on a scale of
a-z. Very roughly. And assuming most texts would be in the range of F-R.
From <V> in that group to Quires 15, 17, & 19 is a good stretch. Quire
13 is the most "different". Quires 5 & 6 are as much "like" the
preceding quires as they are to other "B-dialect" quires. All variable
depending on what aspect is considered. Overall, though, it has the
"feel" of influence by writer and subject matter. What do you think?
I am using John Grove's folio arrangement.
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