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Divergent Scripts

From:Arthaey Angosii <arthaey@...>
Date:Friday, August 30, 2002, 23:03
When I started creating my first conlang, Asha'ille, the conscript I made
was obviously based on the Latin alphabet. Now that I've been exposed to
more conscripts, I want the Asha'illens to have their own unqiue script. As
far as the conhistory goes, their writing system should be based on the
ancestor language's script (which luckily isn't itself derived from the
Latin alphabet :).

I'd like to know how believable/likely it would be for them to develop two
totally different scripts that were both originally based on an alphabetic
script. I want one of the scripts to remain alphabetic, but I want the
second script to be like Chinese (what's this called? logographic?). I
don't know the history of how/when/why the Chinese characters got a
Latin-alphabet tranliteration equivalent... could someone fill me in? Do I
need to have two geographically separated groups of Asha'illens for one of
them to create a logographic script from an alphabetic one?

Also, I really like having fonts for my conscripts. With an alphabetic
script it's very simple for me to make a font, but I don't know where to
start with a logographic one. Seems that however computers deal with
Chinese would work for me. How do you type Chinese characters? What are the
fonts like?

Arthaey, who may have bitten off more than can be chewed


Tim May <butsuri@...>
Arthaey Angosii <arthaey@...>
Barbara Barrett <barbarabarrett@...>