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Re: Basque & Katzner's Languages of the World

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Friday, November 16, 2001, 4:56
On Thu, 15 Nov 2001 22:25:27 -0500, John Cowan <cowan@...>

>Nik Taylor scripsit: > >> Well, if alphabet must be arbitrary shapes representing sounds, then >> yes. But, seeing as how Hangul is based on phonetic principles, there >> is a kind of logic in calling it another category, "Featural code". Of >> course, that would make a category with only one member. :-) So, I >> personally would also consider it an alphabet. > >Well, Gregg and Pitman shorthand are featural; arguably, so is >Tengwar, although at a higher level it's an abjad.
And there's nothing wrong with having a category with only one member; it happens frequently in biology. There's nothing much like an aardvark, so it has a whole order all to itself. But if you're including Tengwar, you should also mention Cirth. I forget whether there's any logic to the vowels, but at least the consonants were designed according to a feature-based system (and yet it still manages to look like a runic script!) In addition to Visible Speech (and Shavian to a lesser extent), there've been other examples of "featural" scripts (I've designed a few of them myself, the most successful of which is Ljoerr-teg). But I'd guess that Hangul (and the shorthand systems you mention) are probably the only ones in widespread use. -- 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