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Re: Schwa vowel, which letter?

From:Raymond A. Brown <raybrown@...>
Date:Sunday, October 18, 1998, 13:49
At 5:09 pm +0000 17/10/98, charles wrote:
>Raymond A. Brown wrote:
>> For what it's worth, 'briefscript' has long been settled with seven vowels: >> a, e, i, o, u, y, w. At the moment {r} is trying to work its way in as an >> eighth :) > >Then R drags in its friend L, then S and SH, ...
No. Both L and S are needed as consonants, and consonants they are staying. As for SH, that is _two_ letters; briefscript will definitely not have any digraphs. The sound [S] will probably be spelt X, tho J is a just a possibility. R is trying to join the vowels because I do not intend to distinguish /l/ and /r/ in the inventory of consonants; and when I tried to get R to represent /lw/ it wasn't too happy :)
>I've been avoiding diphthongs, but using just A I U >one can generate AI IA AU UA UI IU for 9 total. >Or using Y W as glides, 15 or 30 more.
Yes, but don't the Is and Us in your six diphthongs already constitute semi-vocalic glides?
>So I'll stop at the standard 7 vowels, W included.
Seems reasonable. Ray.