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Re: Some problems with the phonology and orthogra

From:Raymond A. Brown <raybrown@...>
Date:Saturday, October 31, 1998, 10:24
At 12:22 pm -0800 30/10/98, charles wrote:
>On Fri, 30 Oct 1998, Mathias M. Lassailly wrote: > >> Ray wrote : >> >> > The problem it seems to me is that we need 8 vowel symbols & the Romans >> > bequeathed us only 6: a,e,i,o,u,y. (As you know, was used only as a vowel >> > by the Romans.) >> > >> > We need two other symbols; > >> Why did Latin only bequeath those miserable 6 vowels ? >> Wasn't it just to emmerde future conlangers ?
Probablement - I guess they thought that having bequeathed Latin to the world, no conlang would ever be needed :)
>Their nastiest trick was to eliminate K and confuse C.
Yes, tho they never quite eliminated K - it still occasionally occurred before A. But we have the Etruscans to partly blame for that confusion :)
>> I agree with 'w' to balance 'y'. >> But why not nice accents on vowels,
Nice accents are OK - but Philip wanted to keep within the standard (i.e. 7 bit) ASCII range. As we know on this list, accents and other diacritics unfortunately do not always travel well. For example: a c e g k n q x y
>Better to digraph them, I think; OE and AE and ...
Possible - but Philip said he was loath to use two letters for single sounds.
> >> Or wait for Windows 2XXX :-) > >Godot never does arrive.
But Macs have been able to handle all these diacritics for decades ;-) Ray.