The romamization of a complex tone system
|From:||Jesse Raccio <jraja0722@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, February 19, 2002, 0:13|
I'm a new member here so I will start with an
Languages are somewhat of a hobby for me, and in
another life I would
love to be a linguist. My real career is in music,
composition. Throughout my life, mostly due to
Tolkien and SciFi, I
have been interested in con-langs, so I've decided to
give it a try.
Naturally, given my training in music, I am interested
in pitch and
tonality in language. As I have begun to tackle this,
phonology, alphabet and considering how pitch will be
used and what
it will express, I have been stuck on the problem of
relatively complex tonal system in roman characters.
I have a
general knowledge of Chinese and an understanding of
system, which works fine for 4 tones and short words.
However if the
number of tones exceeds this, say 12 tones in a
combinations, I start to run out of meaningful roman
there are only so many a's! Using numerals would
especially if I decide to mark every, or every other,
don't think I would like to read a word like:
I would think that the above would simply get annoying
I am creating an alphabet with the Hebrew torah trope
mind. But for someone checking the lang out casually,
expect them to care about an alphabet system too much.
So if anyone has any suggestions, or could point out
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