Re: Hmong and semi-syllabic writing
|From:||Grandsire, C.A. <grandsir@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, October 14, 1999, 8:04|
Barry Garcia wrote:
> email@example.com writes:
> >I've always thought that having separate characters for onset
> >and rhyme was an interesting compromise between an alphabet and
> >a syllabary. This kind of system would be useful for a language
> >which allowed onset clusters, like Hmong, but nevertheless had a
> >fairly limited range of syllable types. I'm trying to develop
> >something similar to it for my new project, Shemspreg.
> I created a script once where you had characters for syllables, and also
> single characters for representing vowels, consonants, and diphthongs so
> that if you had a word like: 'naktaandai', you could write it out like:
> 'na-k-ta-a-n-d-ai'. However, creating all the characters for the syllables
> and single characters took me a long time and I found I started to run out
> of letter forms that didnt start to look like one another.
> I also made one where it was basically an alphabet, but you also had
> diacritics to represent vowels, and diphthongs (went over the preceeding
> consonant). But also had separate characters for the vowels and dipthongs
For my Azak, I have an alphabet for the roots and a syllabary for the
suffixes, even if the suffixes are all in the form VC or even VCVC for a
few of them :) . Is there any natlang that does something like this?
> 'The beginning calls for courage; the end demands care'
Philips Research Laboratories -- Building WB 145
Prof. Holstlaan 4
5656 AA Eindhoven