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Re: Tolkien's elfish script (was: Re: demuan identifiers re-visited)

From:wayne chevrier <wachevrier@...>
Date:Monday, August 30, 1999, 21:43
>From: Fabian <rhialto@...>
>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, and >the > > 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. >
One classification I have seen is: Abjad - consonantal script e.g. Arabic, Hebrew vowels not marked or marked with optional diacritics Abugida - Indic and Ethiopic scripts vowel included as part of composable characters a vowel included in the base form Syllabary - Japanese kana symbols for syllables that are not composable Alphabet - Latin, Hangul, &c. Separate independant symbols for both consonants and vowels Mixed - Japanese and Korean Other- English :) ______________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free Email at