Re: Hmong and semi-syllabic writing
|From:||And Rosta <a.rosta@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, January 29, 2000, 19:03|
Dirk (Doer gkhElziqa) [13 Oct]:
> 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.
My objection to that is the redundancy, if you can only have OROROROR
sequences; the OO and RR combos are unexploited. Possibly you could
instead have XXXXXX, where the X has two significances, the
significance of each X token depending on whether it is odd (O) or even
(R) in the sequence. A drawback is that the two significances of each
character would necessarily be only arbitrarily related in most cases.