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Diacritics (Re: Yûomaewec: Example and evaluation)

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Thursday, August 15, 2002, 3:02
On Wed, 14 Aug 2002 15:43:23 -0500, "Thomas R. Wier" <trwier@...>

>Quoting Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>: > >> En réponse à Christopher Wright <faceloran@...>: >> >> > The frequency of diacritics is an obstacle to this system's use, I >> > think. >> >> Only for monoglot English people, who never used diacritics. About >> everybody else does ;))) . > >That's not really true -- I can think of countless languages that >don't use diacritics in their native orthography. Many native >languages of North America, in particular, actively strive not to >have diacritics when having orthographies devised since their >superstrate language, English, does not have them (much). > >Personally, though, I like 'em.
Zireen languages used to get by with an alphabet that only has 8 consonant letters, using digraphs all over the place, without any diacritics. Now I'm starting on a new Zireen language, Hinate~, which has 24 consonants. So I added a bunch of dots and lines to the font to see what it would look like. I think it's easier to read that way, and it looks nicer. Zirinka still uses the original alphabet without diacritics, but I've decided to add diacritics to Jaradh. The Jaradh diacritics will look like small letters of the Zireen alphabet placed above or below the main letter. -- languages of Azir------> ---<>--- hmiller (Herman Miller) "If all Printers were determin'd not to print any email password: thing till they were sure it would offend no body, \ "Subject: teamouse" / there would be very little printed." -Ben Franklin