[sw-l] SW system type... alphabetic vs. others ( pictographic, ideographic, logographic)

Lucyna Dlugolecka deafie at GMX.NET
Tue Jun 21 11:47:23 UTC 2005

> Sometimes there is more phonems in a symbol, but it still has no meaning.
> It is simillar as for example in czech letter 'á' (latin letter a with
> Acute) which represents long vowel 'a'.
> So there is the sound quality (written as latin letter A) and sound
> duration (writen by Acute) - two phonems in a letter.
> But the letter has no meaning itself. It makes the meaning if it is
> component of a morpheme:
> czech word "ráda" - is glad, (feminine, verb)
> czech word "rada" - advice, convocation, council, counsellor, tip (noun)
> /
> So it must be alphabetic.
> Is it right?
> Tomas
In my humble opinion, with regard to SignWriting, you're right. But I'm not
sure it's the same with signed languages. May I forward your email to
Professor Swidzinski, the best Polish grammarian?


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