Date: Tue Aug 12 2003 - 14:56:19 EDT
still in Madison WISC
Responding again to the deep interest in Aramaic expressed
on the list, I am writing with a suggested preliminary
"Alternative" or possibly "Countercultural" version of the
Roadmap and a New, Improved Acronym for EUSAS (Egyptian,
Akkadian, Ugaritic, Semitic Alphabetic and Syllabic)...
And, slightly OT, I imagine you all are also waiting
breathlessly for the new Mel Gibson movie which is, of course,
going to be in ARAMAIC with NO subtitles, not even Unicode-
conformant ones. If Aramaic is trendy in LA, when will it
hit Mountain View?
Here is the beginning of an "Alternative Roadmap."
_Suggested Afroasiatic Roadmap Blocks_
Egyptian Hieroglyphics---the Aramaic glyphs for Aramaic
in hieroglyphics (from Wadi El-Hol) are included
Egyptian hieratic---the Aramaic ones (see wadi, above)
Egyptian demotic--Aramaic demots are included
The Cuneiform Block --- the one Aramaic cuneiform is included
(and also the Arabic in cuneiform)
Instead of describing the not-yet-encoded Middle Eastern/
N and East African scripts as EUASAS, I suggest
CEUSAS ---Cuneiform, Egyptian, Ugaritic, Semitic Alphabetic and
Syllabic. Under cuneiform go Sumerian, Akkadian (old Babylonian
and Assyrian), Hittite, Elamite and whatever.....
Cuneiform had a long shelf life--3,400 B.C. to about 125 A.D.
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