RE: New contribution

From: Peter Constable (
Date: Tue May 04 2004 - 08:51:31 CDT

> From: []
> Behalf Of John Hudson

> > No Georgian can read Nuskhuri without a key. I maintain that no
> > reader can read Phoenician without a key. I maintain that it is
> > completely unacceptable to represent Yiddish text in a Phoenician
> > and have anyone recognize it at all.
> But no one is going to do that. No one is talking about doing that.
> is a complete
> irrelevancy.

Michael's argument here is based on the premise that if the communities
that use script A cannot readily interpret text in their language when
written with a written variety (and distinct-script candidate) B, then B
is distinct from A. It *is*, IMO, a valid consideration, but it alone
isn't a sufficient criterion. Note, for instance, that one could apply
that argument to try to justify a Latin cipher.

Peter Constable

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