From: Dean Snyder (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu May 13 2004 - 14:06:06 CDT
Michael Everson wrote at 7:01 PM on Thursday, May 13, 2004:
>There might be time, but there is no reason to make such a proposal.
>Archaic Greek is already handled by Greek. It even includes archaic
>letters like QOPPA. There are some letters missing, like HETA, but
>those can be added in due course.
No, I mean glyphically-archaic Greek (just as you are focused on
glyphically-archaic Northwest Semitic).
If you believe that multi-dialectical Archaic Greek scripts are already
sufficiently covered in plain text by modern Greek glyphs, with their
adjuncts, then how in the world can you au contraire propose that multi-
dialectical Northwest Semitic scripts, sans adjuncts, be de-unified? The
issues are the same, only the differences are much greater in Greek
script development. To pick one example, just ask any modern literate
Greek to read Archaic Greek glyphs; you will get more numerous, and more
deeply puzzled, responses than Shoulson did with modern literate Israelis
trying to read Palaeo-Hebrew glyphs.
This is inconsistency and, frankly, smacks of anti-Hellenism! [ ;-) Just
kidding, of course, on that last remark.]
Dean A. Snyder
Assistant Research Scholar
Manager, Digital Hammurabi Project
Computer Science Department
Whiting School of Engineering
218C New Engineering Building
3400 North Charles Street
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland, USA 21218
office: 410 516-6850
cell: 717 817-4897
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