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Re: VMs: Stroke harmony. Was: Has anyone been down this route before?
On Sunday 05 September 2004 20:33, Dennis S. wrote:
> Incidentally, I understand that the Semitic systems like Hebrew or
> Arabic which only write consonant phonemes (I forget John Koontz' excellent
> term) are considered syllabaries. Is this correct?
No. They are abjads. A system in which vowels modify consonant signs is called
an abugida; examples include Ethiopian, Nagari, Cree, and Pollard (which is
used for Miao - and btw I did find some 50k of Hmong somewhere). A syllabary
is a system of irreducible syllabic characters, such as Cherokee and Japanese
kana (kana have modifiers indicating voicing, so "dzu" looks like "tsu" with
a mark added, but still it looks nothing like "ta" or "bu").
> Well, is a whole note a monotone? ;-)
"I'm feeling crotchety", said Tom in a quavering voice.
li fi'u vu'u fi'u fi'u du li pa
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