The Tai Anphabet was designed to write languages of the Tai family,
which includes Thai, Lanna, Lao, etc, by Ian James. There is only one
glyph per phoneme, and tone-marks sit upon the vowel. The aim was to
have a writing system in a single channel, in a linear-alphabetic
fashion. Originally the vowel and tone-mark were integrated into a
single glyph so there were no floating diacritics at all, but this
was found to be too awkward to write. The shapes are derived from
or reminiscent of various Tai scripts, especially Thai and Lanna.
Type of writing system: alphabet
Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines
Used to write: Thai, Lao, Lanna, and other Tai languages
Broadening diphthongs have their own letter; narrowing diphthongs and triphthongs are formed with a suffix
There is no need for Tone Rules based on consonant class, as tone contours
are directly encoded. Tone-marks are placed upon the vowel (or first of a
double-letter vowel). Tone strokes for Thai are shown here with /i/.
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