[nabs-l] learning arabic or chinese

Eliza Cooper eliza.l.cooper at gmail.com
Sat Aug 1 07:23:59 UTC 2009

Hi Ben and all,
	Very good point, and please understand that I meant absolutely no  
offense by my choice of the term "non-standard."  I simply used it as  
a way to differentiate between the American english alphabet (i.e.,  
the Latin one, as you pointed out) and those of other languages.  Poor  
wording, admittedly.

On Aug 1, 2009, at 1:43 AM, Ben J. Bloomgren wrote:

> Hello Eliza,
> I am not a speaker of any language with an alphabet other than  
> latin. Please
> be careful with the word nonstandard. It's only nonstandard to those  
> of us
> whose languages use the Latin alphabet. To Nimer, the Arabic  
> alphabet is
> standard and ours is nonstandard. Anyway, Jaws does have Realspeak  
> solo
> direct voices for Russian, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Korean,
> Japanese and Greek as well as Czech and Polish, whose versions of  
> the Latin
> alphabet has some other diacritical marks that must have special  
> treatment.
> Ben
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