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A thought on designing a writing system

A Thought on Designing a Writing System

Things that may make it less readable

Homographs: 
  • Gakkou no kaidan (学校の階段)/ Gakkou no kaidan (学校の怪談
  • Shikai ni soudan suru (歯科医に相談する) / Shikai ni soudan suru (司会に相談する)
Minimal Pairs
  • six / sex
  • but / bud
Similar letters
  • dog / bag
  • パピプペポ / バビブベボ (The worst thing in the Japanese writing system)
  • Especially dangerous when you see a word that you didn't know (e.g. パンデクテン or バンデクテン ?)
Badly designed letters
  • Kanji and kana are originally for vertical writing (e.g. に or しこ? 江 or シエ? 好 or 女子?)

How you can possibily make it better

Reduce the nmber of homographs, minimal pairs, and similar-looking words
  • Utilize accent symbols: háshi (chopsticks), hashí (bridge), hashi (edge)
  • Employing the traditional kanadsukai (旧仮名遣い): 回, 貝 and 階 are all kai in the modern kanadsukai, but in the traditional, they're kwai, kahi, and kai. 
  • Capitalizing the first letters of katakana words (e.g., クリスマス and 暮らします are more distinguishable when the first letter of Kurisumasu is capitalized. )