diacritics [was: Latin-alphabet trans' systems]
|From:||Barbara Barrett <barbarabarrett@...>|
|Date:||Monday, February 9, 2004, 16:28|
>As you know I like diacritics because they allow for uniform
>modifications far better than prostheticized letters do.
I must confess I've the same attraction to diacritics. Most of my invented
scripts use them extensively, for purposes not usually found in natscripts.
For example diacritics to indicated voicing, initial/medial-syllabic (CV
form), and final-syllabic (VC form).
I'd best explain the latter ;-). It grew from back-engineering a script to
an early form where word-breaks didn't exist. The solution to the word
division problem devised was for every letter to have a form to indicated
the end of a syllable/word, ie a "final" as well as an initial/medial form.
As with some ancient scripts a letter could have the value of a phoneme or
its name so a diacritic was devised to clarify if a letter was intended to
be read as a phonemic or a syllabic.
Anyone else out there using diacritics in an unusual way? I'd really like to
hear about them if you do ;-)