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Re: syllabary

From:Joe <joe@...>
Date:Monday, January 13, 2003, 18:08
On Monday 13 January 2003 9:43 am, Eamon Graham wrote:
> "A. Ingram" wrote: > > I'm thinking of making a syllabary for my conlang. Has anyone else used > > this method for scripting? What are some of the drawbacks and > > advantages? Somehow I feel that I will have to define all the possible > > phonological possiblilities before I can actually begin using it. This > > makes me think that it will be a limiting factor. I know that the > > Cherokee Indian Nation uses one and I've even seen it. I'm probably just > > missing something. > > Syllabaries are great but as has already been pointed out they're > usually for very specific phonologies. Even the Cherokee system > doesn't exactly work: final vowels are usually dropped in speech, > and there are a couple other irregularities. > > You might split the difference and work with an idea similar to that > of Indic scripts: make each character have an inherent vowel (/a/ > perhaps), the vowel can be changed by putting a mark over or below > it, and another mark gets rid of the vowel completely but keeps the > consonant. > > Or you can use Hangul. :) That's quite popular with East Asian > Conlangs, as its a very efficient script. > > If you don't already know it, there's a good site about scripts that > might give you some ideas: > >
I have a thing for Devanagari, and other such scripts.. They have the efficiency of a syllabary combined with the versatility of an alphabet, and they have a great way of doing consonant clusters...