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Re: Roman syllabary goes alphanumerical ...

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 22, 2001, 5:07
At 12:28 pm -0400 21/5/01, Andreas Johansson wrote:
>I don't for the moment have the inspiration nor time to device my own "roman >syllabary". But I thought I'd add another idea to the melting pot: Since a >main problem in a such project is the low number of the roman letters, add >some more symbols by including the arabic numbers. Eg, {2} may indicate >/tu/, for obvious reasons - other characters may require a little more >thinking!. For good measure, let /tu/ be the word for "two"! in the relevant >conlang ...
I had thought of this and have, in fact, suggested 9 = /nu/ :) But in all fora where I've made this suggestion, the "Romano-Arabic alphanumeric syllabary" has not so far met with a favorable response. However, now X-SAMPA has accusomed us to alphanumeric notation for phones & phonemes, perhaps the idea of mixing traditional western Arabic numerals with Roman letters in a writing system may not seem quite so bizarre. Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================