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Re: Adding a letter, was: Silent E

From:Muke Tever <alrivera@...>
Date:Friday, October 5, 2001, 23:18
>===== Original Message From Constructed Languages List >On Thu, 4 Oct 2001 22:54:03 EDT, David Peterson <DigitalScream@...> >wrote: > >> I don't think a language >>ever created an orthography with the intention of, say, adding a letter >that >>had a sound in some positions which would make no sound if you put after >>another vowel but would change that vowel, like English's silent "e"; these >>things just happen over time if your orthography doesn't keep up with the >>sound changes. > >IIRC, the umlaut dots in German originate from superscript {e}, still >earlier simply {e}, denoting the modified vowel quality.
Similarly ISTR the tilde is from a superscript {n}, and the cedilla from a subscript {z}. *Muke!