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Diacritics (Was: Re: Yûomaewec: Example and evaluation)

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 14, 2002, 21:18
On Wed, Aug 14, 2002 at 03:43:23PM -0500, Thomas R. Wier wrote:
> Quoting Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>: > > > En réponse à Christopher Wright <faceloran@...>: > > > > > The frequency of diacritics is an obstacle to this system's use, I > > > think. > > > > Only for monoglot English people, who never used diacritics. About > > everybody else does ;))) . > > That's not really true -- I can think of countless languages that > don't use diacritics in their native orthography. Many native > languages of North America, in particular, actively strive not to > have diacritics when having orthographies devised since their > superstrate language, English, does not have them (much). > > Personally, though, I like 'em.
[snip] I personally don't like diacritics when I have to remember them, but I love them when there are so many of them they look like textual decorations. The Ebisedian orthography, due to the oft-bemoaned poverty of the Roman alphabet, is filled with diacritics. I use a non-diacritical (and uglier) form when writing in ASCII, mainly because characters with diacritics usually don't show up right depending on which platform it's viewed on; but my trusty ole LaTeX generator produces beautifully diacritic'd results: An acute for high pitch (I may add more, since recently it's becoming clear that compound words regularly have multiple high pitches that must be marked to avoid ambiguity) A macron for long vowels A superscript backtick for "smooth" breathing (semivowelized onset) A subscript tilde for nasality (it used to be superscript, but I moved it down because of clutter when multiple diacritics are combined) All 4 diacritics may appear in any combination, giving rise to 16 different markings for every single vowel. :-) Back when the nasality tilde was still a superscript, you could get 4 diacritics sitting on top of a single vowel like a little totem pole. :-P And then there's the superscript hat (^) on a few consonants to distinguish between aspirated and un-aspirated forms. T -- It is of the new things that men tire -- of fashions and proposals and improvements and change. It is the old things that startle and intoxicate. It is the old things that are young. -- G.K. Chesterton


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