Morphographic script progress report

Since the last report, I’ve created a few glyphs, amongst them the first one to be created through a rebus-like method.
The stem TAHT- “to want” is represented as a picture of a human with a giant head, within which is the glyph SAA- “to get, receive”.
The derivative agent suffix -JA, as in tekijä, TEKE+JA, ‘doer, maker’, is represented by a man with four arms.
And the series VAI “or?”, VAIN “only” and VAAN “(a kind of) but” are all derived (as according to one of the possibilities given by Häkkinen (1985)) from VAJA- “not full or empty”. VAIN and VAAN are just that glyph together with the instructive suffix (and plural in VAIN). But VAI is interesting because. In Finnish, “vai” is an exclusive interrogative “or”: “Syötkö tämän vai tuon” means “are you going to each THIS, or are you going to eat THAT”, in contrast with “Syötkö tämän tai tuon”, which means “are you going to eat this or that (at all)”. Obviously their phonological forms are surprisingly close, even though they have completely separate etymologies, so I decided to go a rebus-like route this time: VAI is written as a combination of VAJA and TAI. This is only a half-rebus because the use of TAI here could be seen as morphologically as we as semantically motivated: the phonological similarity is just an extra.


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