An abugida, sometimes known as alphasyllabary, neosyllabary or pseudo-alphabet, is a segmental writing system in which consonant-vowel sequences are written as units; each unit is based on a consonant letter, and vowel notation is secondary. This contrasts with a full alphabet, in which vowels have status equal to consonants, and with an abjad, in which vowel marking is absent, partial, or optional. The terms also contrast them with a syllabary, in which the symbols cannot be split into separate consonants and vowels.
In the linguistic study of written languages, a syllabary is a set of written symbols that represent the syllables or moras which make up words
Romic alphabet
The Romic Alphabet, sometimes known as the Romic Reform, is a phonetic alphabet proposed by Henry Sweet. It descends from Ellis's Palaeotype alphabet and English Phonotypic Alphabet, and is the direct ancestor of the International Phonetic Alphabet. In
Manner of articulation
In articulatory phonetics, the manner of articulation is the configuration and interaction of the articulators when making a speech sound. One parameter of manner is stricture, that is, how closely the speech organs approach one another. Others include
JPEG Network Graphics
JPEG Network Graphics is a JPEG-based graphics file format which is closely related to PNG: it uses the PNG file structure as a container format to wrap JPEG-encoded image data
Linguistic Diversity in Space and Time
Linguistic Diversity in Space and Time is a 1992 book by linguist Johanna Nichols. It is her best-known work, pioneering the use of linguistic typology as a tool for understanding human migrations in prehistory
Slack voice
Slack voice is the pronunciation of consonant or vowels with a glottal opening slightly wider than that occurring in modal voice. Such sounds are often referred to informally as lenis or half-voiced in the case of consonants. In some Chinese varieties
Rongorongo text Z
Text Z of the rongorongo corpus, also known as Poike, is a palimpsest inscription that may be one of two dozen surviving rongorongo texts. The authenticity of the upper text is in question
Zala language
Zala is a variety of the Ometo languages spoken in Gamo-Gofa Zone, Ethiopia. There is little information on it. It may be a dialect of Wolaitta, Gofa, or a distinct language in the central Ometo dialect continuum
Khirbet Qeiyafa ostracon
The Khirbet Qeiyafa ostracon is a 15-by-16.5-centimetre ostracon with five lines of text, discovered during excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa in 2008
Robert Grierson (missionary)
Robert G. Grierson was a Canadian medical doctor, Presbyterian missionary, and educator who worked in Korea for thirty-six years. He is also known by his Korean name, 구례선. Grierson performed his missionary works in the Sung-jin and Ham-heung area