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At 15:29 28.1.2004, John Cowan wrote:

> > 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.
>
>Well, Tengwar (as used to spell Quenya, anyhow) is an abjad with mandatory
>vowel marks, but the step from that to an abugida is small, as JRRT
>himself indicates rather offhandedly in a footnote:

Remember that Brahmi script was invented not for Sanskrit,
but for Middle IndoAryan, where the set of possible consonant
clusters was very restricted -- as in Quenya.  Also a good
number of the possible ambiguous readings are eliminated by
the use of a diacritic for a syllable-final nasal(ization)
in Brahmi.



/BP 8^)
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