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Re: Why Consonants?

Date:Saturday, February 17, 2007, 21:27
On Feb 16, 2007, at 9:59 PM, Eric Christopherson wrote:

> On Feb 16, 2007, at 1:03 PM, Leon Lin wrote: >> >> 3. Writing systems: abjads leave out vowels. Are there any systems >> that >> leave out consonants? > > I remember reading on Wikipedia ( > Abugida) recently: "Pahawh Hmong is unusual in that, while the > inherent vowel /au/ is unwritten, so is the inherent consonant /k/. > For the syllable /kau/, which requires one or the other of the > inherent sounds to be overt, it is /au/ that is written. That is, a > Pahawh akshara appears to be a vowel with an inherent consonant > rather than the other way around." So, at least for /k/, that's > somewhat like what you're describing (although as I understand it > you mean leaving out all consonants, not just one "default" one).
The Orkhon-Yenisei Turkic "runic" script was basically alphabetic, people seem to agree, but had graphemes that could (most of them) stand either for C or VC. K.