From: Peter Kirk (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Jul 30 2003 - 17:48:49 EDT
On 30/07/2003 14:20, Peter_Constable@sil.org wrote:
>Ted Hopp wrote on 07/29/2003 01:20:08 PM:
>>These different uses for the same (or approximately same) glyphs
>Well, are the glyphs the same, or only approximately the same?
This is the moot point.
For qamats and sheva, the glyphs are usually and traditionally the same,
but occasionally they are written differently. It's rather as if
someone decided in English to start writing consonant and vowel y
differently, Or as must have happened when people first started to
distinguish i and j, or u and v.
For the two positions of holam on vav, the glyphs have been written
differently in MSS and by careful typographers for a thousand years, but
some typographers and computer equipment make the glyphs identical,
probably originally as a shortcut.
-- Peter Kirk email@example.com http://web.onetel.net.uk/~peterkirk/
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