Re: Help Weird Up My Orthography
|From:||Shreyas Sampat <ssampat@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, September 1, 2005, 6:22|
> An easy way to make an orthography more exciting is to think up
> alternatives for the most common digraphs. Eg. a sketch I lately
> put together uses <sf zv> for /T D/ and <nw> for /N/, rather than
> the generic overused <th dh ng>. /G/ could use a new representation
> too, I guess, but I don't have any (good) ideas for that...Very true! I've actually been deliberately avoiding overly exotic
digraphs - currently, the digraph rule I'm using is "<h> indicates
frication", with implicit "nasal fricatives don't really work so <nh>
devoices instead, assimilating along a different axis."
There's the possibility of moving toward a transliteration of the
native abugida, which would mean I'd need several new spellings for
the short vowels, indicating the sibilant quality they were carrying,
and marks for the <N_>, <s_>, <S*_> and <j_> diacritics. (S* means
"homorganic fricative"). That could be worth looking into...