Re: AW: Greek/Etruscan/Gothic Unification Proposal

From: Kenneth Whistler (
Date: Fri Nov 21 1997 - 17:46:29 EST

> Marc Wilhelm Kuester wrote:
> > [T]o use Mark Davis' words: native
> > speakers or experts in the case of dead languages should consider the
> > result as being a correct and readable representation of the text.
> [snip]
> > [E]xperts in the field would consider it acceptable (not
> > necessarily beautiful!) to find their sources rendered in the other script
> > and vice versa: [i]f a majority or even a sizable minority would not,
> > then give that script a distinct code range.
> In that case, Gothic should be unified with Latin, because almost
> all Gothicists, except those actually concerned with palaeography,
> seem to consider Latin transliteration perfectly acceptable!
> The same seems to be true of Etruscan/Oscan/Umbrian.

The key word here is *transliteration*. Anything which is transliterated
into Latin should of course be represented with Latin characters.

It is precisely for the palaeographers that separate encoding of
Gothic as a *script* makes sense. If I want to represent Wulfila in
*Gothic* I will do it using the Gothic characters. If I want to
represent Wulfila in a Latin transliteration of Gothic, I will
do it using Latin characters.

BTW, I also agree that the Greek/Coptic unification was, in hindsight,
not a good idea.


> --
> John Cowan
> e'osai ko sarji la lojban

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