At 09:09 AM 2/20/2001 -0800, Peter_Constable@sil.org wrote:
>If we are talking about the full collection of characters that are
>historically related to the Latin alphabet, however, i.e. the entire
>script, then I would need to see better argumentation and references than
>this to convince me that it's incorrect to refer to "Roman script" as an
>alternative for "Latin script". "Roman" is an adjective that can be
>attributed to things that are associated with or derived from the ancient
>Roman empire. Thus, it should be perfectly acceptable to say that Latin was
>the Roman language. Indeed, if anything "Latin script" is less acceptable
>since "Latin" suggests something constrained to the language Latin. Not all
>of the characters that are included in the script in question are used for
>Latin (indeed, the majority are not).
The only thing that I insist on is that we maintain the distinction between
Roman and roman.
I wonder though, Peter, about your suggestion that '"Latin script" is less
acceptable since "Latin" suggests something constrained to the language
Latin'. Couldn't the same thing be said about 'Arabic script'?
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