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Re: Hmong and semi-syllabic writing

From:Don Blaheta <dpb@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 13, 1999, 22:58
Quoth Barry Garcia:
> 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 had some fun a few years back designing a script that was almost exactly Hiragana + Latin alphabet, for a hypothetical post-holocaust Pacific rim language, with a Japanese base but sufficiently many English borrowings to require a(n almost) full set of coda characters. I had a lot of fun with it, but it fizzled when I lost interest in learning enough Japanese to make it work. ;\ -- -=-Don<>-=- As far as we know, our computer has never had an undetected error. -- Weisert