Re: Amerindian Characters (OU)

From: Alain LaBont\i\ (
Date: Thu Jun 17 1999 - 15:58:49 EDT

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> "Alain LaBonté " <>
>Subject: Re: Amerindian Characters
>Date: Thu, 17 Jun 1999 09:48:29 -0700
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>The same character has also been used during the Renaissance and the XVIth
>century in France by various grammarians in their attempts to reform the
>French orthography. Several books have been published using this stacked
>sign (as well as many others), evidence is readily available. I can send
>facsimile on Monday if need be.
>Patrick Andries
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>From: Alain LaBonté <>
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>Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 1999 4:56 PM
>Subject: Re: Amerindian Characters
>> A 13:56 99-06-16 -0700, Eric Brunner a écrit :
>> >Two of my own languages, Siksika and Abenaki have acquired a new
>> >writing form, which I personally find more aesthetically pleasing
>> >and diacritically simplified. We still have the "8" in Abenaki, a
>> >conscious choice of linkage to 17th century French, but the rest
>> >of the repetoires are no longer scarred by 19th century Americanist
>> >Anthropologists enthralled by speed writing systems.
>> [Alain] Michael Everson and I (I provided photographic evidence) have
>> pushed for the inclusion of this character in the UCS and I think it will
>> be. Actually this character is probably a vertically stacked digraph "ou"
>> (so it is an open "8" on top rather than the digit 8, in the original
>> writings of the French missionaries, at a time where "w" was a letter
>> unknown in French.

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