On Tuesday, September 23, 2003, at 05:02 PM, phcats24 wrote:
> Ok, I got that verification you recommended and here is what the
> woman told me "The symbols above the characters, called tehtars,
> represent vowel sounds. The symbols for vowels go on top of the
> letter just before the vowel in the word. Since 'Amdir' starts with
> a vowel, the symbol for the "A" needs something to go on top of. It
> can't go on top of the symbol for the "m" because that would
> spell 'Madir.' It needs a symbol called a carrier, which looks like
> an "i" without a dot. In your case, the carrier needs three dots
> over it to represent the "a" sound. " She gave me her idea of what
> it should look like, but I am unable to get the font to install on
> my computer, so I couldn't see what she thought it should look like
> to compare. Does this make any sense to you Chris, because I feel
> like I am back in highschool learning Japanese, except Japanese was
> EASIER! :)
Whoever you're getting your information from is thinking in terms of
Quenya, not Sindarin. In Sindarin, the a-tehta over the malta is
correct. Sindarin is read (roughly speaking) top down, left to right.
Quenya is read bottom up, left to right.
I'm positive what I wrote is correct in Sindarin. If it was a Quenya
word, then yes, she would be correct.
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