Re: Greek tonos question

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Fri Feb 23 1996 - 06:48:24 EST

At 18:45 1996-02-22, unicode@Unicode.ORG wrote:
>Warning: possibly dumb Greek question follows !:-)
>Since written (typeset) Greek has TONOS markers that slant like the
>ACUTE and GRAVE, can the pitch of the TONOS be determined by simple
>contextual analysis or do native readers infer the pitch from context?

Modern Greek has only stress accent, marked in Monotoniko orthography with
TONOS. Ancient Greek had pitch which was marked with VARIA, OXIA, and
PERISPOMENI. Modern Greek readers using Polytoniko orthography read all of
these as a stress accent.

>In short, is this an NLP problem, typesetting problem or does Unicode
>need two TONOS codepoints?

None of the above?

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