From: Michael Everson (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Sep 26 2002 - 09:08:09 EDT
Wonder of wonders, as predicted, the question of what Gagauz users
prefer for their language has arisen.
Currently I am giving some lectures on Unicode and related subjects
at a European Summer School (Electronic Publishing for Cultural
Heritage Studies) in Bulgaria. Among the participants is Miglena
Ivanova, a native-speaker of "Bulgarian Turkish", or Gagauz. (Gagauz
is about as different from Turkish as Bulgarian is from Serbian.)
Interestingly, in Miglena's work she has identified a few elements of
Trubetzkoy's transcription system which are absent from the Unicode
standard. We will be looking into this in more detail in due course.
Naturally I asked Miglena about the preference Gagauzi have for
writing their language. We looked at a number of publications; one of
the most interesting displayed a Turkic c-cedilla, a Romanian
t-comma-below, and then an s whose glyph was more or less a
compromise between the two. I'm told that a team of researchers in
Moldova worked on this issue including development of a font.
We will be pursuing this question with specialists in Gagauz to
determine what the appropriate encoding (s-cedilla or s-comma-below)
is for their language.
I'm sure you're all as pleased as I am about this.... ;-)
Best regards from thundery Sofia,
-- Michael Everson * * Everson Typography * * http://www.evertype.com 48B Gleann na Carraige; Cill Fhionntain; Baile Átha Cliath 13; Éire Telephone +353 86 807 9169 * * Fax +353 1 832 2189 (by arrangement)
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