Re: Ewellic

From: Andrew C. West (
Date: Wed Nov 12 2003 - 13:08:49 EST

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    On Wed, 12 Nov 2003 08:10:49 -0800, "Doug Ewell" wrote:
    > I don't think the "secrecy" criterion is sufficient to qualify a writing
    > system as a cipher (whether it is necessary is another question). Nüshü
    > (sp?) was developed primarily for secrecy, if I'm not mistaken, and I
    > doubt anyone would regard it as a cipher.

    On the contrary, if Nüshu glyph A has the same pronunciation and semantics as
    Han ideograph B, and the Nüshu script is just a set of glyphs that have a
    one-to-one mapping to standard Han ideographs, then surely Nüshu really is no
    more than a cipher ?


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