En réponse à Sarah Marie Parker-Allen <[log in to unmask]>: > > I have a question about alphabets... it seems to me that there's nothing > new > under the sun when it comes to alphabets and even writing systems in > general, and it's rather depressing. I've given up temporarily on > writing > my own scripts because the best I can do is (apparently) reinvent > either > Arabic or Korean. I suspect if I weren't so dead-set against using > things > that look like English or Latin, I'd have reinvented the Roman alphabet > as > well. Does anyone have any suggestions for new or exotic ways of > thinking > about writing systems, beyond the poring over dictionary and > encyclopedia > entries that I've already done? > Maybe you would be interested in the Itakian script (curious that it comes back as a subject these days). Written from right to left, the script basic letters are *vowels*, *liquids*, and combination of those (ligatures). The onset consonant (Itakian syllables are of the form CV, CL, CVV, CVL or CLV) is marked (except for the glottal stop) as a diacritic, generally *around* the letter (they are quite big diacritics :)) ), and has two different forms, one simple one, and another which is used only to mark the first syllable of the trigger noun, and/or the first syllable of the interrogative part of a question. Words are written without spaces, but phrases (which are separated by a pause in speech) are separated by a sign which looks like a card's diamond sign. Sentences are supposed to run on only one line, but if you need to cut the sentence over more than one, you mark it by a sign of continuation which looks like the diamond sign with a tail. If you're interested in the script, I have a 30Kb GIF file of it that I can post to anyone's interested (or put it temporarily on the web if the demand is too large ;)) ). Christophe. http://rainbow.conlang.free.fr Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.