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, "j_mach_wust" <j_mach_wust@y...> wrote:
> David J. Finnamore wrote:
> > Is there any difference between a hyarmen and a capital yanta? I'm
> > having a hard time distinguishing them in my own writing, except by
> > context, of course.
> What do you mean by a "capital" tengwa? Capital letters are a strange
> peculiarity of the modern Latin alphabet whereby the actual number of
> letters is really doubled since each letter exists in two different
> forms. Though this has been copied in a few alphabets heavily
> influenced by modern Latin (modern Cyrillic and modern Greek), it does
> not exist in tengwar.
> It is attested that certain tengwar may be written bigger, but that's
> not capital letters, that's just the same letters of an increased size.
> Looking at DTS 21, it seems not to be important in that mode to
> distinguish between hyarmen and yanta of increased size. It would be
> very difficult to read "h" instead of "e", I guess.
> j. 'mach' wust
Yes, you're right, of course, I don't mean "capital" in the sense of a
different character like a and A, just a larger version, like c and C.
If "capitalized" is technically incorrect, what can we say instead,
"magnified"? For now, I'll use that, since I can't think of anything
better straight away. Tolkien seems to have routinely magnified the
first letters of sentences, and sometimes the first letters of proper
names, as well. To my eyes, hyarmen looks like simply a magnified
yanta, or at least a tall yanta. So, when a sentence or name begins
with yanta, it looks the same as if it were a hyarma. At least it did
at first. I've begun starting the right arm further up on the stem
for magnified yantas. Yantai. Yantim. Whatever the plural form
would be. :-)
David "Daeron" Finnamore
Yanti, yantí, yantä, ...