Re: Onset/Rhyme Scripts
|From:||Jeffrey Jones <jsjonesmiami@...>|
|Date:||Monday, July 17, 2006, 22:39|
On Sat, 8 Jul 2006 13:40:21 +0300, John Vertical <johnvertical@...>
> Hello List,
> With the script discussion goïng on currently, I thought I'd raise a
> question: does anyone have / kno' scripts based on two sets of caracters
> - onsets, and rhymes? Those seem to be vanishingly rare compared to
> alphabetic or syllabic systems; in fact, I don't think I've ever come
> across any others than the Chinese zhuyin system. Yet surely such a
> system would, for many languages, be more practical than a plain
> syllabary or abugida; in some cases, perhaps even more practical than a
> plain alphabet?
> The real-world rarity is probably due to historical reasons, but I'd
> expect to see at least some around in conscripts...
> John Vertical
I'm now considering such a system for my latest language. Most basic verbs
(and particles) are monosyllabic and can be described with 75 rhymes and no
more than 35 onsets. Basic nouns have an additional CV syllable which I'm
calling a classifier for lack of a better term; there are 75 of these. The
classifiers are also used for affixes and clitics. I don't know when I'll
actually get around to working on the symbols.