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Re: Infered Vowels?

From:julien eychenne <eychenne.j@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 9, 2002, 6:30
le mar 09-07-2002 à 04:49, Jake X a écrit :
> >From: Abrigon Gusiq <abrigon@...> > >Reply-To: Constructed Languages List <CONLANG@...> > >To: CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU > >Subject: Infered Vowels? > >Date: Sun, 7 Jul 2002 05:18:11 -0800 > > > >I believe their is some lingos where the vowels are infered. Namely you > >go from a consonant, to another consonant, and you feel there is > >something there.. Or that you don't need to write the vowel, cause you > >know the vowel is there, just you don't have to write it down?
> Well, the only lang like that I know is hebrew, though I'm sure there are > others.
I think, more generally, that this is a typical feature of semitic languages. Arabic is famous for that : vowels are often not written down (except I think in Coran and maybe newspapers) : they can be deduced from the consonantal root pattern, as word formation is rather regular. It is the same thing for hieroglyphic egyptian : hieroglyphs were also used to write sounds, but only consontants e.g. "r" = mouth. The pronunciation /ro/ had to be deduced. Now, it is with the help of coptic language.