Sorry about this message... I was going to write more, decided it was going to be a waste of a message and in the process of cancelling accidentally sent it. I don't know how it got sent I must've fumbled over the keyboard and used the shortcut for sending. Tristan On Wed, 2002-04-24 at 16:32, Tristan wrote: > On Wed, 2002-04-24 at 16:14, Christophe Grandsire wrote: > > > Also, although the script is derived from the Latin alphabet, it has a feature > > in common with the Arabic alphabet: some letters connect with the following > > one, while others don't. Moreover, there are plenty of ligatures (among which > > double letters, which are often written as one letter with a single line more, > > which can be easily forgotten :)) ). Two which can easily be overlooked are the > > ligatures |te| and |ge|. |e| is written like a 'c' with a horizontal bar (like > > some versions of Greek epsilon I've seen in some mathematical fonts, or a E but > > round). |t| is identical to the Greek small tau, and |g| is like |t| but with a > > tail that goes under the baseline. But the ligatures |te| and |ge| are written > > like a |t| or |g| alone with the horizontal bar of the |e| added. So it can > > easily be overlooked, especially in some handwritings where the horizontal bar > > is nearly gone :)) . And of course there are the ligatures |mn| and |nm| which > > are identical :)) . > > Oh, I like your script! It sounds very fun from this description! (I > especially love ligatures. I wish English made use of ligatures > > > To add to the confusion, many Runes are > > > horribly polyvalent (I'm refering to the late, Nordic Runes) - only > > > one > > > letter for /g k N/, and anone letter can be read as any of /i j e æ/ > > > (the > > > last is ash). > > > > That is already a feature of Maggel. Necessary when you have only 17 letters to > > transcribe 70-odd sounds :)) . > > > > Add inconsistent use of the word-break marker, and you > > > get > > > things like "a.ustarlar.ni.kafu" for _austarla ærni gafu_ "eastward > > > the > > > eagle gave" (from an inscription on a stone from Gripsholm). > > > > > > > I think I saw that inscription already :)) . Currently my orthography is quite > > regular in that respect (so that I don't get too much confused :)) ), but I > > will certainly add inconsistencies too :)) . > > > > Christophe. > > > > http://rainbow.conlang.free.fr > > > > Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.