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DUH (was Re: Osmanya (Somali) script)

From:Danny Wier <dawier@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 28, 2000, 22:19
>From: Danny Wier <dawier@...>
>Labials: b f m w >Dentals: t d dh s n l r >Palatal: j sh y >Velar: k g kh >Uvular: q >Pharyngeal: x c >Glottal: ? h >Short vowels: i e a o u >Long vowels: ii ee aa oo uu >(in Osmanya: iy ey a? ow uw)
> The order of the letters are based on Arabic, but the letters themselves >have more of a Greco-Coptic look to them. It is a true alphabet, not an >abjad like Arabic or an abugida like Ethiopic (both of which are also used >to write Cushitic languages including Somali, Oromo, Beja etc.) This >script >could just as easily be used to write Swahili, except the alphabet lacks a >p. There are no capitals in this script.
DUH! I just said that the script is based on Greek and Coptic, so for the non-Somali sound /p/, why not use pi in this form: ------ | | | | Note the extension of the topbar beyond the legs, so as not to be confused with Osmanya /l/. I see resemblances between Osmanya x (/h./) and Latin H, Osmanya kh (/x/ or /X/?) and Coptic khei (they look like h), Osmanya d and Greek delta, Osmanya l and a rounded version of Greek lambda, Osmanya n which is Greek nu turned on its side, Osmanya f an altered Coptic fai. Osmanya j /dZ/ is a single vertical stroke, but the same vertical line is Greek iota. Osmanya lacks the following Greek-Coptic letters: zeta theta xi pi phi chi psi (Coptic) cima tei (= /tS/ and /ti/) Greek-Coptic lacks Osmanya alif (= /?/ or /a:/), xaa (but it does come from Greek eta and Latin H), dhaad, cain, qaaf, haa. I once considered using Hebrew letters to expand on Greek-Coptic for aleph and ayin. So Tech now has all the letters of Osmanya, plus Greek-Coptic additions. The new value for dh is dl, and g becomes gh /G/ (the voiced uvular stop/fricative). But more consonants are going to be necessary. Using conventions in Arabic and Hebrew, a raphe (bar above), or "umlaut" above a consonant, can produce the letters missing in Osmanya but found in Arabic (and Persian-Turkic extensions in parentheses: (paa) (tsheem) thaa dhaal zaai (zhaai) saad taa zaa (vaa) (gaaf) (nguun) The same diacritic can mark fronted vowels -- then it would be a true umlaut (a > a" /&/, o > o" /%/, u > u" /y/). And I just realized that /%/ is a good symbol for mid front rounded. DUH... Daniel A. Wier ¶¦¬þ Lufkin, Texas USA ________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at