Re: numeric properties of Nl characters in the UCD

From: Peter Kirk (
Date: Wed Nov 26 2003 - 11:04:33 EST

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    On 26/11/2003 04:40, Andrew C. West wrote:

    >On Tue, 25 Nov 2003 16:16:15 -0800, "Doug Ewell" wrote:
    >>Well, one reason could be that there is no such character. (Did you
    >But why do U+10341 [GOTHIC LETTER NINETY] and U+1034A [GOTHIC LETTER NINE
    >HUNDRED], which are letters that are only ever used to represent the numbers 90
    >and 900 respectively (they have no intrinsic phonetic value), not have a numeric
    >value assigned to them ? Is this perhaps because all the other Gothic letters
    >can also be used to represent numbers in exactly the same way that U+10341 and
    >U+1034A are used (these two letter were devised specifically to fill the gap in
    >the series of numbers represented by the ordinary Gothic letters), ...
    Probably not. It doesn't take long to see that NINETY appears where one
    might expect a Q and corresponds to the Greek koppa. Koppa was used as a
    letter in very early Greek, but since then (and even to the present day)
    as a numeral with the same value 90. See It is
    clear from the value and the glyph that the Gothic NINETY is derived
    from the Greek koppa. Similarly, the Gothic NINE HUNDRED is derived from
    the Greek sampi (U+03E1).

    Peter Kirk (personal) (work)

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