At 16:26 -0400 2004-06-02, cowan@... wrote:

>Cree can be seen as an abugida as well, although the vowel signs and
>the virama are encoded using size and orientation changes rather
>than diacritics (Indic scripts) or incorporated strokes (Ethiopic).

I think this is an over-clever stretch.

>Does anyone know the language -- I believe it is a North American one -- in
>which syllabograms that look like ligatured North American English handwriting
>are used?

Alaskan. I have a book on it. Indeed I suppose it is *the* book on
it. Die Alaska-Schrift und ihre schriftgeschichtliche Bedeutung, by
Alfred Schmidt (Marburg: Simons Verlag, 1951). My copy used to be
owned by an A. F. Sjoberg at the University of Texas.
Michael Everson * * Everson Typography * *