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Tolkien's elfish script (was: Re: demuan identifiers

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 31, 1999, 19:55
Fabian scripsit:

> Good point. Personally, I regard most indic scrpts as being separate from > true syllabaries, as each glyph has a default vowel sound. glyphs for other > CV combos are made with diacritics, unlike true syllabaries which have > totally different glyphs.
Well, some do and some don't. Ethiopic (which will be in Unicode 3.0) is usually reckoned a true syllabary, but the modifications made to each grade of letter to show the vowel are pretty systematic. In Canadian Syllabics (also in 3.0) they're totally systematic: the vowel is shown by rotating the glyph, and if there's no vowel, the glyph is written as a superscript. -- John Cowan I am a member of a civilization. --David Brin