From: Thomas M. Widmann (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Apr 02 2003 - 14:29:04 EST
> John Hudson <email@example.com> wrote on 04/02/2003 10:32:51 AM:
> > I would replace the normal termination of the main vertical stem
> > of each letter, and attach the retroflex hook as a straight
> > continuation of this stem (the i with retroflex hook would end up
> > looking something like a reversed j).
> I take it, something like that in the attached image?
> (See attached file: I-retroflexhook.png)
> (Source: Brink, Lars; Jørn Lund, Steffen Heger, J. Normann Jørgensen. 1991.
> Den Store Danske Udtaleordbog. [Copenhagen:] Munksgaard Ordbøger.)
That character, of course, doesn't represent any retroflex sound but
rather a semivocalic [i] (frictionless [j]). It is part of the
phonetic alphabet Dania which is still widely used in Denmark. (I
believe it was invented by the renowned Danish linguist Otto
Jespersen, but I might be wrong about that.) For a list of characters
(without any description of their usage), see
<http://www.dal.lu.se/~si/pdf/dantab.pdf>. I presume some of them
(e.g., character 190 [script-g-with-hook-to-the-right]) would be
candidates for inclusion in Unicode, though the majority could just be
considered variant glyphs of existing characters.
-- Thomas Widmann +44 141 419 9872 Flat 3/2, 54 Mavisbank Gardens, Glasgow G51 1HL, Scotland, EU firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.widmann.uklinux.net
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