[LMB] English on Barrayar

Andrew Lambdin-Abraham andrew at firehead.org
Sat, 9 Feb 2002 12:50:16 -0600

On Saturday, February 9, 2002, at 12:37 PM, Mark A Mandel wrote:

> _Barrayar_, end of ch6, Cordelia and her crew escaping from the _General
> Vorkraft_; Baen 4pr p122.
> 	"[....] Doc Mac got his uniform. Hey, Mac-- what's the name on
> your pocket?"
> "Uh, let me see if I can sound out their alphabet." His lips moved
> silently. "Kou-- Koudelka."
> 	=====
> Come to think of it, is Barrayar quadrilingual in SoH or was that a
> Later Idea? ... No, Lois can't have meant them all to be Slavic
> monoglots, because there's no language barrier at all. So I would think,
> subject to correction or better ideas, that Barrayar uses a different
> alphabet from Beta. ... :-)

I would say the alphabet is different, but not cyrillic, because if it 
were that different how would he have any clue what they sounded like?  
Being merely different would leave him signs and sounds to recognize, 
but be unusual enough to require sounding out.