RE: Script vs Writing System

From: Kent Karlsson (
Date: Thu May 13 2004 - 06:51:54 CDT

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    Peter Constable wrote:

    > > of "featural" is probably refering to this
    > > feature of Hangul of grouping letters into square syllables.
    > No, that is definitely *not* what was meant. In the taxonomy
    > devised by
    > Gelb and promoted by Daniels, Hangul is described as a
    > "featural" script
    > because the description of the script prepared under King Seychong's
    > administration described the shape of certain jamos (e.g. k, t, m) as
    > being iconically related to the corresponding points of articulation.

    The *letters*, especially the consonants are "featural" in that sense.
    However, the syllables aren't "featural" in *that* sense. A syllable
    blocks just consists of the letters of the syllable. That would
    be a quite different sense of "featural". Latin is a "featural" script,
    since the letters are grouped into words (rather simplistically and
    linearly, but that's a different matter)...

            /kent k

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