An abugida is NOT a "simplified syllabary." No syllabary has ever given rise to a script of any other type.
Pointed Hebrew/Arabic/Syriac are alphabets.
Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...
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From: B.E.Colless <briancolless@...
Sent: Saturday, September 2, 2006 8:35:45 AM
Subject: Re: [ANE-2] The abagadary vagary
And an abugida is a simplified syllabary (Sanskrit and Ethiopic, both of
which developed from the Semitic abgad/consonantary). You could say that the
Hebrew and Arabic scriptures, with vowel-marks added to the consonants, have
such a system of writing. (If we don't classify them that way, what would be
the correct designation, in a single word?)