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Re: Script type

From:Dirk Elzinga <dirk_elzinga@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 28, 2002, 22:05
At 8:06 AM +0200 05/27/02, Maarten van Beek wrote:
>Hi everybody, > >I have been following the discussion on alphabets, syllabaries etc. and I >was wondering: one of my languages uses a script that is somewhere in >between an alphabet and a syllabary (but more towards an alphabet, I think). >The basis of the system are the vowels, which are at the center of each >syllable. To this core symbol, you may add up to two additional symbols that >indicate the caput and coda of the syllable. These consist of a consonant or >consonant cluster. Many ligatures exist of common caput/coda combinations, >in which only the central vowel differs.
Huh. About six years ago I came up with a similar scheme for Tepa (this was before I realized that Tepa was spoken by a preliterate society). I used four basic shapes as frames: an almond shape for /i/, a circle for /u/, a semicircle for /1/ and a square for /a/. The consonants were indicated by marks contained within this frame, and long vowels were marked by horizontally elongating the frame itself. I really like the system, but I don't use it for anything in particular now.
>My question: How would such a writing system be classified? Are there any >nat- or conlangs which use a similar system, and if so, does anyone know >where I can get more info on this subject?
I always considered my system to be an alpha-syllabary, since each frame enclosed a syllable, but each frame was also decomposable into segments. Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga Man deth swa he byth thonne he mot swa he wile. 'A man does as he is when he can do what he wants.' - Old English Proverb