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Re: Hmong and semi-syllabic writing

From:Grandsire, C.A. <grandsir@...>
Date:Thursday, October 14, 1999, 8:04
Barry Garcia wrote:
> > 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. > > > >Dirk > > 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 > too. >
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?
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