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Re: New Script for Ok (Edh coo zoo oc)

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 18, 2002, 22:58
Christophe wrote:

>En réponse à JS Bangs <jaspax@...>: >> >> But what's so odd about writing a vowel before, above, and after the >> consonant? It seems like half of the vowels in Thai are written that >> way. >> >The odd thing is the "and" part. Before, above, under *or* after the
>I can understand. But all three at the same time? Isn't it a bit much?!
I wasn't inclined to check all the Brahmi-derived scripts on Omniglot, but Javanese also used before-after-above for certain sounds too (ai, au). Bear in mind that in Sanskrit, /e/ and /o/ are considered to be combinations of /a-i/ and /a-u/; it's possible that when Sanskrit-based writing was adapted to south Indian, and other SE Asian langs., their independent /e/ and /o/ phonemes were dealt with as if they were such "combinations". Maybe.......:-)