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Re: Yi script

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Friday, April 14, 2000, 15:21
Acadon wrote:

> Conlangers may find this copy of Yi script > (minority in China) interesting. Strikes me > as a bit fantastic. Doubt that it is much > used.
The Chinese government publishes things in Yi using this script. Yi is an official language of the PRC.
> The Yi script was originally a logographic > system;
Very unusually for the environment, the characters were not derived from Chinese characters. There were about 8000-10,000 of them.
> but it has been switched, I believe, > into a syllabary.
A tone-syllabary, devised in the 1970s. It is now encoded in Unicode, using one code for each of the 1165 possible tone-syllable combinations. In the syllabary itself, the middle-high tone is written using the middle-low tone plus a diacritic: an inverted breve above. The glyphs for the other three tones of a syllable don't look anything alike, though. There is also a tone-spelling romanization, using final consonants to write tones: t = high, p = low, x = middle-high, none = middle-low. -- Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis um dies! || John Cowan <jcowan@...> Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau, || Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau, || Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge (tr. Politzer)