Marco Cimarosti scripsit:
> Good day, qalamites.
> I am seeking for an example of an abjad which uses vowel diacritics
> (optionally, of course) but does *not* use matres lectionis.

Well, Tengwar had mandatory vowel points from the beginning, and later was
used in a fully alphabetic way, but never went through a _mater lectionis_
stage, FWIW. The vowel point for /a/ is sometimes omitted, but it would be
a stretch to call it an abugida.

AFAICS, the abjad was invented only once, like the alphabet (and unlike the
abugidas, which have at least two, perhaps three distinct origins).

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