Abugida vowel-carriers (was: experimental script)
|From:||Tim May <butsuri@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, March 24, 2005, 22:15|
B. Garcia wrote at 2005-03-24 13:06:38 (-0800)
> On Thu, 24 Mar 2005 21:34:09 +0100, Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...> wrote:
> > Very nice! I suppose it is no coincidence that it reminds me
> > of South Indian scripts. But why are there two signs for /e/?
> > Is one of them /E/ or /@/? It seems very popular in con-abugidas
> > to have a carrier-letter for initial vowels, whereas most Indian
> > scripts have in principle one letter for each vowel (*) in
> > initial position -- the main exception is Tibetan which actually
> > has a carrier-letter as well as a letter for /?/.
> Thai also has a "silent" letter which from what I recall is used to
> display vowels.
Gurmukhi has three - the independent /a/ takes /a:/, /ai/ and /au/ and
two signs only used as carriers, one which takes /i/, /i:/ and /e/ and
one which takes /u/, /u:/ and /o/.
(I'd give examples in utf-7, but using Indic scripts in Emacs is too
much work at this point.)