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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. --And.