Re: New contribution

Date: Tue May 04 2004 - 14:51:46 CDT

Michael Everson scripsit:

> Well. Depends what you mean by "forms". Our taxonomy currently lists
> Samaritan, Square Hebrew, Arabic, Syriac, and Mandaic as modern (RTL)
> forms of the parent Phoenician.

Arabic and Syriac have very specialized shaping behavior which makes them
obviously distinct from their parent form. I believe that Mandaic has
this property too.

> >Ah, so the next protracted debate is going to be whether Samaritan
> >should also be encoded using the existing square Hebrew characters.
> So far participants on this discussion seem to have stipulated that
> Samaritan be encoded as a modern and unique script.

I have merely postponed the question. I would still prefer to see an
overall plan with justification (that is, an update of N2311) before any
of these scripts get encoded.

Evolutionary psychology is the theory           John Cowan
that men are nothing but horn-dogs,   
and that women only want them for their money.
        --Susan McCarthy (adapted)    

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