On Mon, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:44 AM, Dana Nutter <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > On Mon, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:10 AM, Gary Shannon <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > >> As for the sample text, it's just random syllables, although I've also >> had fun writing English with the syllabary. I have to take a great >> deal of poetic license with the words to make it work, however. And a >> null vowel helped as well so I could end words with a consonant. DAGų >> could be "dog" or "tag" or "dock" or maybe even "talk". Reading >> English would rely heavily on context to decide which word was meant. > > I toyed with the idea of a Roman-based orthography that was more of an > abjad than an abugida since vowel marking wasn't really required. > There was no inherent vowel but vowels were marked with diacritics on > the consonants, and the letter O (now that I rethink it, a better > choice might be <I>) was used as a empty placeholder for the > diacritics for words that start with a vowel. One benefit was the > ability to get rid of digraphs because the vowel letters could be > reassigned as consonants. I played with something similar once, except vowel letters were used for vowels in stressed syllables, where they are most salient. I used <x> as a placeholder but was never happy with it. I think maybe dotless <i> would be better (especially since the single dot diacritic already acted as the vowel mark for /I/).