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BrScB syllabic symbols (was: Back again)

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Thursday, September 11, 2003, 5:33
On Tuesday, September 9, 2003, at 07:55 , Andreas Johansson wrote:

> Quoting Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>: >>
>> Yes, I'm in two minds about including number symbols. They figure a lot >> in >> Lin :) >> >> True, "a" is not used and is a letter, but it does seem a radical >> departure to >> use it to denote /nu/ or /ni/ and I wanted to traditional consonant >> character >> as syllabic symbols. > I seem to recall a thread on this list about a Chinese dialect that had > changed ni>a or possibly vice versa ...
That's right. It's given by Yuen Ren Chao in "Language and Symbolic Systems". The archaic Chinese /ni/, meaning "two",has become /@`/ in modern standard Chinese (Mandarin) and /A/ in the modern Yangzhou dialect. The changes are(in X-SAMPA): ni -> n\z\i -> z\i -> z`1-> r\= -> @` -> a` -> A But I don't think that's really sound precedent for using 'a' to denote /ni/ ~ /nu/.
>> I had considered using "h" for /ni/ ~ /nu/ since at >> least >> it has a similar shape to "n" and the upper case H is identical to the >> Cyrillic >> letter for /n/. > > That's an even better idea.
I think so too - but would such a use of Roman 'h' be too bizarre? Ray =============================================== (home) (work) ===============================================


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