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Re: Kamakawi Orthography

From:Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Date:Thursday, March 20, 2008, 16:45
On Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 5:59 AM, David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...> wrote:

> For who knows how many years now, I've been creating an > orthography for Kamakawi. It was inspired by Egyptian > hieroglyphs, and I wanted the system to be similar. The > resultant system is as follows:
Wow... I'm impressed. I don't have a lot substantial to say besides that, except that the glyphs you've shown us so far look like they developed as an organic, coherent system. I started working on a semi-pictographic syllabary for Thauliralau in the late 1990s but never got very far with it. I've recently (since mid-2006) been developing my gzb orthography into a complex system, with an alphabet used to spell most words but logographs for the most common words and morphemes; but it's all still clearly based on the Latin alphabet. Even the logographs are based on the Latin(esque) letters appearing in the fully written-out form of the word. I haven't ever attempted anything half as complex or original as what you're doing here. At some point I need to borrow a friend's scanner to put up some information on the gzb orthography, but I might wait until the logographs have stabilized more.
> (5) When this is completely finished, I want to try to fix it so that > when you mouse over a box, it gives you information about each > glyph (e.g., what the word is, what it means, its unicode entry, etc.).
Yes, that would be useful. -- Jim Henry