> >Most modern Arabic and Hebrew texts, however, are neither fully pointed
> >nor fully unpointed: rather, they are strategically pointed with matres
> Even worse, they are strategically pointed with occasional actual
> vowel-points and not matres.
That's what I meant, but I see that what I wrote is ambiguous. I should
have written "they are strategically pointed, and use matres lectionis
> Is the inherent vowel so crucial and novel a feature that it's worth
> inventing an entire category for it?
I think so, yes. Note that even Quenya, which is on the border between
alphabet and abjad, can be written in abugida style when you leave out the
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