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Staving Andreas Johansson:

>I've, BTW, always been somewhat mystified that someone ever came on the idea
>of having graphemic zero indicate /a/ (or /O/ and so on depending on language)
>rather than phonemic zero. In a language like Sanskrit it may perhaps save
>typing, but it's certainly the last idea I would have stumbled on. People are
>weird.

I like the idea of a syllabic alphabet in which the inherent vowel varies
between different consonants. There are one or two examples on Omniglot,
but it seems to be rare (most syllabic alphabets on Omniglot have inherent
a throughout. This appears to stem from their common descent from Bhrami).

Pete