--- In qalam@yahoogroups.com, "Richard Wordingham"
<richard.wordingham@...> wrote:
> a) Latin used to write double consonants as single consonants
> b) Japanese kana can represent geminate initial consonants by means of
> the appropriate diacritic. (That is the basis for writing <pa> as
> <ha> plus a diacritic).

Scrub example (b). The Japanese /p/ symbols are exceptional. There is
a non-diacritic symbol that indicates that the first symbol of the
following kana is geminate, but I'm not sure that that is relevant to
this discussion.