From: Mark E. Shoulson (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Apr 29 2004 - 23:26:27 EDT
John Hudson wrote:
> Michael, Peter is not talking about the Phoenician language being
> represented in the Hebrew script, he is talking about the common
> practice of semiticists to *encode* the Phoenician script using Hebrew
> codepoints. The representation of the text is in Phoenician glyphs,
> not Hebrew, but these glyphs are treated as typeface variants of Hebrew.
> At first, I too thought Peter was talking about transliteration into
> Hebrew script, but today I realised that he was talking about encoding
> Phoenician glyphs as Hebrew characters.
Are you sure about that? Peter, is this correct?
I'd been making the same assumption all along as well. In the way of
corroboration, I have here Ze'ev Ben-Ḥayyim's book "A Grammar of
Samaritan Hebrew." Samaritans generally use their distinctive scripts,
especially in their religious books, but Ben-Ḥayyim writes *everything*
with ordinary square Hebrew letters; there isn't a Samaritan-style
base-glyph in the book, so far as I can tell (though he does show some
Samaritan vowels on the square letters). This isn't exactly the same
situation, and it is an isolated case, though.
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