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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... -- Shreyas Sampat