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My new toy: Spanish sylabary

From:Carlos Thompson <carlos_thompson@...>
Date:Thursday, October 21, 1999, 3:47
Well, I've been working in a way to write Spanish making it a little more
difficult to decipher, but yet easy to use when you know it, and I came o=
trying a sylabary.

The concepts behind:

Spanish is mostly CV with a lot of variaces which make it really more lik=
where C is any consonant, L is liquid <l> or <r> (not al clusters allowed=
C2 and C3 are a subset of C with some restrictions, and (S1) and (S2) are

Anyhow this is much better for a sylabary than English.

I decided for a standard CSV syllabe, where a CLV syllabe would split C-L=
and a CVS would split in CV-S and any CVC syllabe would be CV-C.

This make a word like _monstruo_ to be split in mo-n-s-t-ruo

Then is a question of choosing the elements.  This is not a true sylabary
after each sylable has a regular pattern.

Consonants were chosen first, looking at the distribustion of Spanish
    m      n      J
  p b    t d   tS     k g
    B f (T)D s    j\    G h
           l     (L)
    w             j
  where /w/ and /j/ are alophonies of vowels. /T/ and /L/ are present in
Castillian.  Trying to look after regular patterns, rereading /tS/ as a
palatal oclusive and taking only the fricative allophiny of <b>, <d> and
<g>, this appeared:
    m      n     J
  p      t     tS     k
    B      D     j\     G
where laterals and voiceless fricative can get a place:
  p m    t n   tS J   k
  f B    T D   s  j\  h G
           l      L
where I decided to keep /T/ and /L/ because a) there are pronounced
different then /s/ and /j\/ in some dialects and b) they have their own
orthographic values in common Spanish Romanization.

  Filling the gaps, using a glyph for each of the four "points of
articulations" above, one for the "voice" and one for the
oclusion/frication... it gave the consonant base of the script.

Then add the vowels: I decided that /a/ was unmarked, /e/ and /o/ were
marked bellow the consonant glyph, /i/ and /u/ above, and there would be =
marker for no vowel.  Also raising semivowels, would be marked as either =
or /u/ but slightly moved.


-- Carlos Th
   Chlewey Thompin                              ## ####     ## ## ##
------------------------------------------------##-## ##
   - =BFPor qu=E9 no?
   - No tiene sentido.
   - =BFQu=E9 sentido?  El sentido no existe.
   - El sentido inverso.  O el sentido norte.  El sentido com=FAn, tal ve=
z.  O
sin sentido, como aqu=ED.
    (-- Graeville 2)