Re: For Phoenician

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Thu May 06 2004 - 14:01:04 CDT

At 11:30 -0700 2004-05-06, E. Keown wrote:

>The logical implication of Everson's work is that part of the Dead
>Sea Scrolls and all the Samaritan material and all other material of
>that type, should be encoded in his proposed block.

No, Elaine. The implication is that there are two scripts there which
differ, essentially, from one another. The native users recognized
this distinction, as do we today.

You as a Semiticist will perfectly free to continue to transliterate
or transcribe such documents into Hebrew for any purpose you wish.
There are other potential users of Phoenican script, such as
Indo-Europeanists and Hellenicists, who do not perceive all of the
West Semitic scripts to be unifiable, and who have a valid
requirement to differentiate them in encoding.

Michael Everson * * Everson Typography *  *

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