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Vowel "colors" and chromoglyhs (Re: Synaesthesia)

From:Danny Wier <dawier@...>
Date:Saturday, December 28, 2002, 20:36
A thought just came to me. (That happens occasionally.) A long time ago, I
was toying with the idea of a syllabry, where the shape of each letter
representing the consonant while the *color* of that consonant represents
the associated vowel. I wanted a type of "spectrum" where the front high
(I-type) vowels were at one end and the front back (U-type) vowels were at
the other. Since red is the lowest frequency and purple is the highest,
maybe red could be /i/ and purple /u/. The center of the spectrum, green,
represents /a/. Yellow is /E/, orange /e/, blue-green /O/, blue /o/.

Black would represent either the high central vowels /i-/ or /u-/ (barred
letters), or a consonant without a vowel. Gray could be the schwa /@/. But
how would front rounded vowels or back unrounded vowels be represented?


"What do we do when it's all been said, no new ideas in the house and every
book has been read?" -- Bono


Danny Wier <dawier@...>
Sally Caves <scaves@...>
H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>