Caesarea4 saidcaslon> waht aoubt smieitc laugnaegs?
How easily can you read this:
אדם נכנס למוזיאון השואה בוואשינגטון ופתח באש; שלושה נפגעו, בהם היורה
(In the next post, I'll scramble the letters. (: )
The answer, actually, is likely to be "no". Words tend to be shorter, based on 3 consonants - and absent the vowels. So if you switch around the order of the consonants... you're changing the meaning of the word.
Thank you! Finally somebody who can hold an intelligent conversation.
I figured this from my limited knowledge of Semitic languages from The Unfolding of Language....which gives an interesting explanation of how those consonantal templates evolved.
"...As entertaining as it is erudite, The Unfolding of Language moves nimbly from ancient Babylonian to American idiom, from the central role of metaphor to the staggering triumph of design that is the Semitic verb, to tell the dramatic story and explain the genius behind a uniquely human faculty."
Born in Israel in 1969, Guy Deutscher studied mathematics and earned a Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of Cambridge, where he became a research fellow in 1998. A widely acclaimed scholar of ancient Semitic languages, Deutscher is at the University of Leiden in Holland.