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5216Japanese Mode?

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  • hisilome
    Mar 18, 2006
      Just out of curiosity: Has anybody ever tried to devise a tengwar
      mode for Japanese?

      The sound system is pretty straightforward, but surely one would have
      to "break up" the traditional Japanese representation in the kana
      charts (syllable alphabets) and rather deal with the consonants and
      vowels separately, as is usually done in tengwar? That is, syllables
      (e.g. "ka" or "se" or "tsu") should probably best be broken up
      into "k + a" etc, with "tsu" being one of the more interesting
      syllables, since here we're not dealing with a consonant plus pure u-
      vowel anymore, but more of a syllabised "ts" (rather similar to
      Mandarin _c(i)_).

      Other features that would have to be dealt with are the voiced
      counterparts of "k, s, t, b" (daku-on) and the handaku-on "p".
      In Japanese writing, "g, z, d" are represented by the same signs used
      in the "ta, sa, ta"-series with a diacritic called daku-ten (aka
      nigori-ten) added at the top right of the kana, while "b, p" are
      written with the same signs used in the "ha"-series (! what's the
      relation between a glottal fricative and the bilabials?) with the
      daku-ten ("b") or a maru (aka handaku-ten) ("p") added at the top

      The daku-ten used for the daku-on sounds ("g, z, d, b") looks a bit
      like English double quotation marks (but quite small), slanting
      diagonally from left to right, while the maru/handaku-ten used for
      the handaku-on "p" is a small circle (not dot).

      The palatalized sounds (mya, myu, myo, hya, hyu, hyo, etc) should
      be "easy", as should the doubled consonants...

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