From: Michael Everson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Apr 29 2004 - 22:38:27 EDT
>>If I had to take a position right now, I would think that encoding Old
>>Canaanite (not Phoenician) and Samaritan is useful, but I would leave
>>Aramaic, et al. for more expert, soul-searching discussion.
>This sounds a lot like what is being proposed, modulo a name-change:
>we're working on a Samaritan proposal, Hebrew's already there, and
>Michael has proposed Old Canaanite, which for some reason he has
>chosen to call Phoenician. The name may be ill-chosen, and it isn't
>too late to change it, but it sounds like you're in general
>agreement with me and Peter Kirk.
I am not sure what Dean means by Old Canaanite; if he means
Proto-Sinaitic (where the ALPA was still an actual hieroglyph of a
bull's head) then I do distinguish that from Phoenician, just as I
distinguish Phoenician (etc) from Samaritan on the one hand and
(Jewish/Square) Hebrew on the other.
As have most other students of writing systems for generations.
-- Michael Everson * * Everson Typography * * http://www.evertype.com
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