Michael Everson wrote:
>What are the following characters used for? What "script independent"
>punctuation characters are they similar to?
Hebrew has an ancient punctuation system that predates the modern punctuation.
Today both systems are in use, sometimes even mixed.
"Similar" can mean in shape and in meaning, I'll try to provide both.
>HEBREW PUNCTUATION MAQAF
It's similar to a hyphen, joining two words so they are pronounced as a single
>HEBREW PUNCTUATION PASEQ
It looks like a vertical bar, separating two words, similar in meaning to the
>HEBREW PUNCTUATION SOF PASUQ
It looks like a colon, only instead of round points they are rhombic. It is
similar in meaning to the modern period when used to end a sentence.
>HEBREW PUNCTUATION GERESH
It looks like an apostrophe, normally used at the end of a word, and means an
abbreviation, similar in meaning to the period in "etc.". It is also used to
qualify the pronunciation of a consonant, similar to the way h is used in EngliSH.
>HEBREW PUNCTUATION GERSHAYIM
It looks like a double quote, normally used between the ultimate and penultimate
letters, indicating it is not a word. It could be an abbreviation, similar to
e.g., (which would thus be e"g) or a foreign word, or a number expressed in letters.
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