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Re: Feature script

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg.rhiemeier@...>
Date:Thursday, November 8, 2001, 23:38
Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...> writes:

> [...] > > There are four "basic" consonant signs, that primarily denotes voiceless > stops - normally [p t k ?], but if a language had, say, the series > [p t c k] > it'd be simple to apply them to that instead. Tairezazh only have [p t k], > and don't use the "?" sign. The characters look like, respectivly, > a squary > U, capital gamma, mirrored squary C and Z.
One system I designed once used capital gamma for /p/, T for /t/ and mirrored capital gamma for /k/. The reasons ought to be obvious. The voiced counterparts were rounded versions of the same, with the letter for /d/ resembling the astrological sign for Aries. I don't remember the rest, but I think fricatives added a horizontal stroke on the shaft.
> Adding a horizontal slash thru' the middle of these gives the > corresponding > voiced stops. These are considered "derived" consonant signs. > (Voiced [?] is > denoteable but hardly pronounceable!) > > Changing the squary forms to curvy gives the corresponding fricatives > [f T x h v D G h_v] ([h_v] = voiced h). These too are considered > derived signs. > Tairezazh only use "f", "T", "v" and "D".
Why not using curved forms for voiced, and slashed forms for fricatives? But that's entirely a matter of taste. Curved forms suggest softness, but both voiced stops and fricatives could be considered "softer" than voiceless stops.
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A nice system! Jörg.