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Re: Latin-alphabet transcription systems

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 3, 2004, 6:18
On Mon, 2 Feb 2004 12:12:59 +0100, Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>

>Slavicists use 'ezh' (the IPA [Z] character for /dz/, >the same with haczek for /dZ/ and with acute for /dz\/. >Of course the acute is used similarly on _c s z_, and I >must say I always found these usages neat. Unfortunately >Unicode doesn't seem to have precomposed glyphs for any of >these, probably because they are only used by scholars and >not in any national orthography.
I'm definitely planning on using c' s' z' with acute for these sounds (as in Polish, etc). For /dz/, I've been using z with dot above in my Tirelat romanization, which is just plain /z/ in Maltese, but of course I have "z" for /z/, and I can't think of a better use for z-dot. But since I've got z-hac^ek for /Z/, I could use ezh for /dz/ and ezh-hac^ek for /dZ/, which would leave z-dot available for something else (perhaps /d`z`/).
>As you know I like diacritics because they allow for uniform >modifications far better than prostheticized letters do. >BTW if you like to place accents on _ö, ä_ etc. you might >consider using the combining dieresis below instead of >dieresis above. Lepsius' "Standard Alphabet" did just that. >It need not clash with dieresis below for brethy voice, >since breathy vowels can be symbolized with a following >breathy-h symbol (whichever you use).
I'm having some success with diacritics, but I've noticed the diacritics below the letter are easily confused with each other. Specifically, Zharranh has /n`/ (which might reasonably be written n-dot-below) and /J/ (n-comma-below). The digraphs "rn" and "nh", on the other hand, are easily distinguishable, and the sequence /rn/ doesn't occur in Zharranh, so ambiguity isn't a problem (as it would be in Lindiga). The "real" Zharranh spelling has also been through a reform a while back, when I added diacritics to the Tenai alphabet instead of the confusing digraphs I'd been using; the palatals have a "ring above" diacritic, and the retroflexes have something that looks like a backwards cedilla. The Zharranh page has long been overdue for revision, since I was still using the old SIL fonts that Netscape doesn't like (because they're symbol fonts) when I originally wrote the page. So it looks like Zharranh could be an appropriate test case for the new romanization system. -- languages of Azir------> ---<>--- hmiller (Herman Miller) "If all Printers were determin'd not to print any email password: thing till they were sure it would offend no body, \ "Subject: teamouse" / there would be very little printed." -Ben Franklin