Re: Public Review Issues Updated

From: Kenneth Whistler (
Date: Thu Apr 29 2004 - 15:23:56 EDT

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    > In the Bureau of American Ethnology reports, early Americanist characters are
    > used, and they are used with casing, including the C with stroke. For example,
    > in the attached file, from page 357 of the 3rd annual report of the BAE (1884),
    > from the Article "Omaha Sociology" by Rev. J. Owen Dorsey (later reprinted as
    > as Omaha Sociology in 1970), you can clearly see the use of the small letter
    > c with slash (circled in blue) and the large letter c with slash (circled in
    > red). Hence, for proper casing, the cent sign and c with slash can't be unified.

    What nobody seems to have noticed yet is that in that same document,
    Rev. J. Owen Dorsey also used an uppercase turned T (the capital
    letter form of U+0287 LATIN SMALL LETTER TURNED T, which also appears
    in this text). Those turned t's were used in Dorsey's orthography of
    Omaha and Ponca texts. This usage of
    turned t is pretty idiosyncratic to Dorsey, but did get into some
    prestigious BAE publications from the late 19th century. It isn't
    really Americanist usage per se -- Franz Boas and his students established
    those conventions a little later, and they didn't include the use of
    turned letters.

    At any rate, since *neither* the capital C-stroke nor the capital turned-T
    are in Unicode currently, anyone who is thinking about putting together
    a proposal for the first one based on this Dorsey material might
    as well include the other character as well, so we don't have to
    "rediscover" it 6 years from now.


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