For most of these scripts, regardless of whether letters or diacritics are used, the most common tone is not marked, just as the most common vowel is not marked in Indic abugidas; in Zhuyin not only is one of the tones unmarked, but there is a diacritic to indicate lack of tone, like the virama of Indic.
While Rotokas has a small alphabet because it has few phonemes to represent just elevenBook Pahlavi was small because many letters had been conflated—that is, the graphic distinctions had been lost over time, and diacritics were not developed to compensate for this as they were in Arabicanother script that lost many of its distinct letter shapes.
However, a dozen Ugaritic tablets from the fourteenth century BC preserve the alphabet in two sequences. For example, a comma-shaped letter represented g, d, y, k, or j. Thai has a total of 59 symbols, consisting of 44 consonants, 13 vowels and 2 syllabics, not including 4 diacritics for tone marks and one for vowel length.
In accordance with the principle on which alphabets are based, these rules will generally map letters of the alphabet to the phonemes significant sounds of the spoken language. In a perfectly phonemic orthography there would be a consistent one-to-one correspondence between the letters and the phonemes, so that a writer could predict the spelling of a word given its pronunciation, and a speaker would always know the pronunciation of a word given its spelling, and vice versa.
The Hindi alphabet must represent both Sanskrit and modern vocabulary, and so has been expanded to 58 with the khutma letters letters with a dot added to represent sounds from Persian and English.
The Brahmic family of alphabets used in India use a unique order based on phonology: Conversely, the vowel marks of the Tigrinya abugida and the Amharic abugida ironically, the original source of the term "abugida" have been so completely assimilated into their consonants that the modifications are no longer systematic and have to be learned as a syllabary rather than as a segmental script.
At the other extreme are languages such as English, where the pronunciations of many words simply have to be memorized as they do not correspond to the spelling in a consistent way. Although short a was not written, as in the Indic abugidas, one could argue that the linear arrangement made this a true alphabet.
Thus a simple count of the number of distinct symbols is an important clue to the nature of an unknown script. Even more extreme, the Pahlavi abjad eventually became logographic. Strictly speaking, these national languages lack a word corresponding to the verb "to spell" meaning to split a word into its lettersthe closest match being a verb meaning to split a word into its syllables.
In Cyrillic originally the letters were given names based on Slavic words; this was later abandoned as well in favor of a system similar to that used in Latin. In a true syllabary, each consonant-vowel combination would be represented by a separate glyph.
Most commonly, tones are indicated with diacritics, the way vowels are treated in abugidas. The names were abandoned in Latinwhich instead referred to the letters by adding a vowel usually e before or after the consonant; the two exceptions were Y and Zwhich were borrowed from the Greek alphabet rather than Etruscan, and were known as Y Graeca "Greek Y" pronounced I Graeca "Greek I" and zeta from Greek —this discrepancy was inherited by many European languages, as in the term zed for Z in all forms of English other than American English.
These three differ from each other in the way they treat vowels: All three types may be augmented with syllabic glyphs. Such scripts are to tone what abjads are to vowels. Even English has general, albeit complex, rules that predict pronunciation from spelling, and these rules are successful most of the time; rules to predict spelling from the pronunciation have a higher failure rate.
Two-letter combinations are called digraphs and three-letter groups are called trigraphs. A language may spell some words with unpronounced letters that exist for historical or other reasons. The Georgian alphabet Georgian: In standard Spanishone can tell the pronunciation of a word from its spelling, but not vice versa, as certain phonemes can be represented in more than one way, but a given letter is consistently pronounced.
Different dialects of a language may use different phonemes for the same word. These can range from simple spelling changes and word forms to switching the entire writing system itself, as when Turkey switched from the Arabic alphabet to a Latin-based Turkish alphabet.
Some alphabets disregard tone entirely, especially when it does not carry a heavy functional load, as in Somali and many other languages of Africa and the Americas. For English, this is partly because the Great Vowel Shift occurred after the orthography was established, and because English has acquired a large number of loanwords at different times, retaining their original spelling at varying levels.
This is the case for Vietnamese a true alphabet and Thai an abugida. A language may represent the same phoneme with two or more different letters or combinations of letters.An alphabet is a standard set of letters (basic written symbols or graphemes) that represent the phonemes (basic significant sounds) of any spoken language it is used to write.
This is in contrast to other types of writing systems, such as syllabaries (in which each character represents a syllable) and logographies (in which each character.
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