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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Query Subject:   Directionality in writing
Author:   Rebecca Treiman
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   Some writing systems are arranged in columns, and others in rows. They may go from right to left or left to right. Virtually all writing systems, though, go from top to bottom. Very few, if any, have adopted a consistent bottom-to-top direction. I have looked for discussions of why bottom-to-top writing is so rare, but haven't been able to find much information on this. Any input would be appreciated.
LL Issue: 15.966
Date posted: 22-Mar-2004



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