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Syllabry Part II

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Sunday, October 31, 1999, 4:29
The syllabry I described earlier has undergone some changes.

The complex ligatures I described earlier have become less popular.
They were once quite popular, but some things happened to partially
replace them.

One: Due largely to the inflectional/derivational usage of gemination, a
special diacritic was created to indicate gemination.  The geminate
ligatures are still used occasionally, that is, one may use a t+ta
ligature or ta+gemination.  The second is more popular, especially in
rendering plurals like _sugga'nuli_ (the plural of _suga'nul_)

Two: Cy and Cw ligatures fell out of use, replaced initially by
PREposing the y and w characters before the letter, i.e., _tya_ was _y
ta_.  Later, the y and w evolved into diacritics.

Cl ligatures are still used.  Perhaps it was the co-articulating
associated with /j/ and /w/ made them be perceived as more part of the
consonant, that is, "pya" or "swa" came to be seen as modifications of
"pa" or "sa", but "pla" wasn't seen as a modification of "pa".

In addition, diacritics have evolved to indicate codas, which can be s,
z, n, l, f, v, or m.  The diacritics are simplifications of the
characters used for the vowelless versions of those.

As before, fricatives are represented by the corresponding stop with a
diacritic, and voicing is also represented by a diacritic, voiced
fricative is a single diacritic.

Because _ky_ is pronounced as /C/, some automatically place the
fricative diacritic on the ky- series.

There's also a diacritic for high-pitch.

So, a character can have as many as *4* diacritics - zya'l, for instance
is _ta_ with 1) voiced-fricative, 2) palatalized, 3) l-coda, 4)
high-pitch (palatalization is never combined with gemination)

Ligatures that do exist are for -aa, -ai, -au, and Consonant-l series
(including triple ligatures for C-la-a, C-la-i, and C-la-u)

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