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Re: Now trying to decide on a Tech abjad/alphasyllabry....

From:Danny Wier <dawiertx@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 10, 2004, 4:36
From: "John Quijada" <jq_ithkuil@...>

> Danny Wier wrote:
> Have you considered the idea of using "base" letters to which systematic > alterations/mutations would be applied, analogous to what Tolkien did with > the Futhark runes in adapting them to become the Cirth? These
> might be used to indicate the 2ndary phonological processes > (palatalization, labialization, etc.) instead of primary place/manner of > articulation the way Tolkien used them. The idea of applying the kind of > systematic alterations found in the Ethiopic script to a "Latinized"
> looking script would be interesting.
I have considered and am still considering a featural script along the lines of Tolkien's scripts, and also Hangul. I just can't come up with something that pleases me! So for now, I'm using adapted Hebrew/Aramaic or Latin transliteration. What you said is what I have in mind actually... actually the diacritics, written below the /X\_wruf/ (letters) as in Hebrew, indicate both vowel (either /@/ or /a/) and secondary feature; there are six in all, plus an accent mark (like the <meteg>). Gemination (/t@Sdid/) is marked above the letter. I did try to "Latinize" the Ethiopic/Ge`ez syllabry once, incidentally.