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Re: Help Weird Up My Orthography

From:Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Date:Monday, August 22, 2005, 12:02
> Shreyas Sampat <ssampat@...> writes:
> > And now, I'm getting humg up on my Latin orthography, > > because, well, it's not very exciting. Sein' doesn't have an > > especially exotic phonology, which makes it pretty easy to come up > > with an uncomplicated spelling for it...the problem lies in walking > > the line between something too easy and something that even I can't > > read.
If you're developing it diachronically from an ancestor language, maybe you could conserve historical spelling in some of the most common words. Or maybe you could make do with a smaller subset of the Latin alphabet and make more extensive use of digraphs and context-dependent pronunciation of digraphs and single letters, to simulate the speakers of the language having adapted an alphabet from a language with a much smaller phoneme inventory. This might depend on the language's phonotactic constraints, e.g., if there's a context that /s`/ can occur in and /s/ cannot, then in that context you could just write |s| for /s`/ while continuing to write it |sj| in contexts where /s/ could also occur. -- Jim Henry ...Mind the gmail Reply-to: field