Re: Tolkien's elfish script (was: Re: demuan identifiers re-visited)
|Date:||Sunday, August 29, 1999, 0:41|
l-gharef Eric hu kiteb
> Actually, Devanagari and other Brahmi-derived scripts such as Tibetan are
> the same way. Like Tengwar, each consonant has its own basic shape, andthe
> vowels are added as diacritics. Also, Devanagari characters without any
> vowel marking default to /a/, whereas marking /a/ is optional in Quenya.
Good point. Personally, I regard most indic scrpts as being separate from
true syllabaries, as each glyph has a default vowel sound. glyphs for other
CV combos are made with diacritics, unlike true syllabaries which have
totally different glyphs.
Having said that, Tengwar can function as alphabetic, syllabary, and indic
syllabary, depending on the mode used. I just came across a Japanese mode on
a web page! Here it is:
Strange how western pages use glyphs for tengwar, whilst japanese ones use
the font itself.
If a flying horse ye see, mock ye not if it stays up not.