RE: Comma below, cedilla, and Gagauz

From: Robert (
Date: Thu Sep 26 2002 - 11:10:24 EDT

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     --- On Thu 09/26, Michael Everson wrote:
    From: Michael Everson [mailto:]
    Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 16:08:09 +0300
    Subject: Comma below, cedilla, and Gagauz

    > 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.
    The proper encoding of those letters is with *cedilla* (yup—the French kind. . .); thus, c-cedilla, g-cedilla, s-cedilla, t-cedilla, and so on!
    Robert Lloyd Wheelock
    Augusta, ME USA

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