Re: Why Consonants?
|Date:||Saturday, February 17, 2007, 21:27|
On Feb 16, 2007, at 9:59 PM, Eric Christopherson wrote:
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.
> On Feb 16, 2007, at 1:03 PM, Leon Lin wrote:
>> 3. Writing systems: abjads leave out vowels. Are there any systems
>> leave out consonants?
> I remember reading on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
> 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).