RE: ct, fj and blackletter ligatures

From: Dominikus Scherkl (
Date: Wed Nov 06 2002 - 10:04:46 EST

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    > > > Firstly, the claim that there must be no ligation over subword
    > > > boundaries is made only for German.
    > >
    > > It is also valid for Slovak and Czech.
    > I still wonder a bit why.

    There are wonderful words in German like "Wachstube"
    this could mean "guards room" (Wach-Stube, so "st" may be
    ligated) or "wax tube" (Wachs-Tube, so an "st"-ligature
    would force misreadings).
    In this rare case both readings make sense, but there are
    many more where a displaced ligature would simply lead to
    misreadings where sylables are gathered the wrong way
    which don't make any sense at all.

    Dominikus Scherkl

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