--- In qalam@yahoogroups.com, Young-Key Kim-Renaud <kimrenau@...>
> BUT my point is that there IS linearity in writing and in
keypunching han'gul.

I agree that the activity is linear and that no matter how Korean is
written it is an alphabetic script. I was simply refering to the
arrangement of phonemes in the syllable as being non-linear in terms
of the text. No, I don't think that this affects the classification
of Korean as an alphabet at all.

However, I suggest that when input, either keyboarding or
handwriting, does not follow the phonetic *sequence* then those
scripts are not alphabetic. This is best seen in Tamil.

Daniels typology stands as an historic analysis, which I wish to
consider further but have to admit with all respect I have not yet

There should also be a sychronic classification, a way of talking
about all scripts. It should be a classification where users of the
script say "yes, this makes sense to me."

Suzanne McCarthy