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QUIZ of the day. Looking for exceptions to a rule.

QUIZ of the day. Looking for exceptions to a rule.

People tend to write done according to the script of the religion. Serbians and Croats speak what can still be considered identical languages, but write it in Cyrillic (the Orthodox Serbs) or Latin (the Catholic Croats); You can tell which Slavic population is Catholic (or Protestant) by the use of Latin script (Polish, Czech,Slovac), and Orthodox at the Cyrillic (Bulgarian, Ukranians, Russians).

Hindi and Urdu are almost the same language (with now different accents) but Urdu, spoken by Muslims, is written in Arabic script. Turkish (pre-Ataturk), Persan, Kurdish, etc. use the Arabic script which came with Islam.

+ Jews write Aramaic using the Hebraic script, Christian using the Syriac (Estranghelo, Sirto) versions.

+ Maronites in Lebanon histotically spoke Levantine, which they wrote in Syriac script ; Arabophone Jews wrote Arabic using Hebrew letters, as it was the same alphabet (Maimonides wrote Guide to the Perplexed in Arabic “Judeo-Arabic”). Of course languages start to diverge once they are spoken by separate populations.

+ Now what is the exception? Which population? I found one counterexample.

via QUIZ of the day. Looking for exceptions to a… – Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

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