> Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2017 12:35:49 -0800 > From: Garth Wallace <[log in to unmask]> > Subject: Re: CONSCRIPT: Towards an Indigenous Dictionary of Siye > > On Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 10:48 AM, Anthony Miles <[log in to unmask]> > wrote: > > Stroke count, however, is a bit trickier. The majority of The > > mothers and daughters have between three and five strokes. Due to > > the genesis of the writing system in our world, there are no one > > stroke characters or mothers. So stroke number is not sufficient > > and itself to distinguish many of the characters for what I'm going > > to call alphabetization, although I know that is not the correct > > term. Currently I am thinking that the construction of a native > > dictionary would require a combination of stroke number and stroke > > order and also the left or right component of the mother. > I believe the correct term is "collation". In an abugida with tone marks I've seen a well-defined order of consonants, a well-defined order of vowels, and a well-defined order of tone marks fail to gel together to define a consistent collation. It makes using a dictionary a bit of an adventure! (One can find the same word reasonably positioned in different locations several pages apart!) I think the Siye system is open to such confusion, if so desired. Richard.