Since TEI-L is a well known hotbed of West Austronesian expertise, my silly
late-night confusion between phonemes and morphemes has been swiftly and
needfully pointed out to me off-list. Mea culpa. mata has of course four
phonemes, not two. But my essential point remains, that abstract character
count is independent of both morpheme and phoneme counts and is purely a
function of the writing system.