Re: Drumming them out

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Tue May 04 2004 - 14:01:08 CDT

At 10:00 -0700 2004-05-04, Peter Kirk wrote:
>>>and myself I'm still not convinced the distinction between Greek
>>>and Coptic in bilingual editions is not truly just a font issue.
>>Plain-text searching of Crum's dictionary, for instance, is a
>>perfectly valid requirement, and one which was brought to bear on
>>the disunification.
>Out of interest, are there any dictionaries e.g. of the Phoenician
>language which use both Phoenician and Hebrew script, with a plain
>text distinction?

James Kass presented a non-dictionary text the other day. I
considered it plain text. Others didn't.

>I can quite imagine that there are.

I don't know. Mostly I would expect to see Hebrew or Latin
transliteration in such dictionaries. Encoding Phoenician in a
scholarly context is likely to be more prominent in teaching
students, preparing exams and grammars, etc (same thing has been said
about other scripts which are often transliterated).

>If there are, they would provide a good justification for your
>proposal, helping to supply what is currently missing.

Enshrining "justifications" in the proposal documents really all that
important? It sounds like busywork to me.

Michael Everson * * Everson Typography *  *

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