At 07:25 -0800 2001-02-26, John Cowan wrote:
>Marco Cimarosti wrote:
>>- "Script" is a generic term meaning a writing system of any kind, its
>>inventory of signs and its orthographic rules.
>>- "Alphabet" is a specific class of scripts, whose principal characteristic
>>is that tends to map each sign to one of the language's phonemes.
>I think that should rather be called an "alphabetic script", e.g. Latin,
Yes, an alphabet proper is usually the subset of an alphabetic
script. Armenian seems to be the exception, as it is only used for
one language; Georgian, Latin, Cyrillic, Ogham, Runic, and Greek have
been used for other languages.
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