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The purpose of spoken language is also to convey meaning - why do we
differentiate vowels there?

I think that if you try writing in, for example, broad IPA transcription,
you'd find that we do need vowels.  The fact that our current orthography
for English includes lots of redundancy conceals that.  But if you needed to
add bandwidth to a consonant-only script, I think you'd be better off adding
vowels than adding historical, etymological or morphological information.

On Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 1:16 PM, Gary Shannon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> On Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 12:32 PM, Peter Cyrus <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> >  - the Latin alphabet lacks enough letters, especially vowels
>
> •f •nyth•ng, th• L•t•n •lph•b•t h•s f•r t•• m•ny v•w•ls. Wh•l• v•w•ls
> •r• v•t•l •n sp•k•n l•ng••g• th••r n•c•ss•ty •n wr•tt•n l•mg••g• •s
> q••st••n•bl•. Th• p•rp•s• •f wr•t•ng •s t• c•nv•y m••n•ng, •nd •s l•ng
> •s m••n•ng •s c•nv•y•d th•r• •s n• n••d f•r th• wr•tt•n l•ng••g• t• b•
> •v•rly f•st•d•••s •b••t th• r•pr•s•nt•ng th• s••nds •f th• sp•k•n
> l•ng••g•.
>
> --g•ry
>