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Conlang Spelling Conventions (was: OFF: More Pinyin reform...)

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Thursday, February 24, 2000, 21:54
On Thu, 24 Feb 2000 13:02:12 -0500 Vasiliy Chernov <bc_@...> writes:
> The authors of Pinyin had the concern than *handwritten* _n_ and _u_ > look > alike, and tried to avoid using _u_ where a confusion was possible. > Kinda parallel to English spellings like _some_, _world_, _money_, > etc. > Are spelling rules of anybody's conlang influenced by this type of > concerns, I wonder? > Basilius
. Well, in Rokbeigalmki "cursive" script, the letters /m/ and /o/ can be confused when they're next to eachother: /m/ looks like a curved {w} /o/ looks like a curved {v} So, something that looks like {vvv} can be either /mo/ (as in _semoz_, "sun") or /om/ (as in _sejom_ "sixes"). In order to disambiguate, a circle is written above the /o/ {v}. In the "older" forms of the alphabet, the basic shape of the /o/ was what looks like a circle on two parallel stilts. In the cursive and then "modern" forms, the circle is normally dropped. -Stephen (Steg) "A stone's throw from Jerusalem / I walked a million miles in the moonlight..."