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Re: A little bit about Thagojian typography (WARNING: Unicode)

From:Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>
Date:Sunday, May 15, 2005, 21:48
On Sun, 15 May 2005 17:46:00 -0400, Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>

> Very interesting!
Why, thank you.
> I'm a big fan of |`ayin| becoming /N/, btw. :)
I have heard various people suggest that value at various points in Semitic, or even Afro-Asiatic, and I thought it fitting in the Thagojian case.
> Just a question - in the first term used, written near the top of the > page, i'm seeing what looks to be a number of |yud| representing both > /7/ and /2/. Is that correct, or did it get mangled on its way to my > computer?
|yud| and |upsilon| are harmonising vowels, pronounced according to the roundedness (and the opposite of the frontedness) of the "ordinary" vowels in any given word. |upsilon| is the closed harmonising vowel, and |yud| is the mid harmonising vowel. |alpha| is also harmonious, but simply takes the frontedness of the "ordinary" vowels in any word. Thus, in "unrounded" harmony words, the harmonic vowels are M,7,A, and in "rounded" harmony words, they are y,2,a. Of course, this is just one of several possible interpretations, based on often sketchy native accounts from this millenium-dead language. I'll have to come up with the relevant original grammatological texts at some point, I suppose. Paul