Re: Re[2]: Berber/Tifinagh (was: Swahili & Banthu)

From: Philippe Verdy (
Date: Mon Nov 10 2003 - 17:22:21 EST

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    > At 06:36 AM 11/10/2003, Alexander Savenkov wrote:
    > > > Yes, Philippe. It is the same thing as mapping Cyrillic to ASCII
    > > > letters. It is a hack. It is to be avoided. It is the Wrong Thing To
    > > > Do.
    > >
    > >I'm not sure I'm not taking your words out of the context, Michael.
    > >"The Wrong Thing To Do" can be seen everywhere in the newspapers when
    > >the names and some other words originally written in Cyrillic and
    > >other scripts are letter-by-letter (mapped?) transliterated to the
    > >resulting script.
    > But that's transliteration *at the character level*. You are writing words
    > from one language in the conventions of another language (note that this
    > doesn't necessarily mean a change in script)

    The the case of Berber this is not true: it is the same language written
    2 scripts (actually 3 as Arabic is also used). The mapping is not perfect
    now, but there are works to correct this and adopt a single convention in
    each script (but with a question about whever the Tifinagh script used in
    Berber will be enough to display Berber texts written in Latin: will it
    new glyphs or diacritics to exhibit the missing letters used in the Latin
    script which unifies the whole set of languages using some variant of the
    Tifinagh script?

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