RE: Greek/Etruscan/Gothic Unification Proposal

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Wed Nov 26 1997 - 14:37:41 EST

Ar 11:02 -0800 1997-11-26, scríobh Mansour, Kamal:
>On Wed 26 Nov 1997 10:37, Siobhan Harper-Jones wrote:
>* Besides, unlike Gothic, isn't Coptic still used as a contemporary liturgical
>* language, as well as an everyday language in some circles? That would mean
>* that Unicode, according to its charter, would treat it differently, as a
>* living script, than it would treat Gothic, which is strictly paleographic,
>* and Old Church Slavonic, which (I understand) is a historical liturgical
>* language. So maybe the ongoing comparison of the Coptic situation with
>* Gothic and Old Church Slavonic is somewhat misleading.
>* As a living language, it would merit its own script, I would think,
>* regardless of its historical origins. After all, if you wanted to represent
>* all the Indic-derived Southeast Asian scripts in the Devanagari range, you
>* could justify that under the same reasoning as Coptic/Greek unification. But
>* Unicode has distinct code points for Tibetan, Burmese, Lao, Thai, etc., even
>* though they're all basically elaborate variations on Sanskrit ka, kha, ga,
>* gha, nga, and so forth.
>Unfortunately, Coptic has not been a living language since the last century.
>Except for a handful of aficionados who are making an active effort to revive
>the language , Coptic is used exclusively in scholarly circles and in the
>>liturgy of the Coptic Church.

I still don't see any reason that it should be unified with Greek.

Michael Everson, EGT *
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