From: E. Keown (email@example.com)
Date: Tue May 18 2004 - 13:35:00 CDT
I waited to respond to the remarks below until I
locked my flamethrower and grenades in the downstairs
closet.....for several days.
Mark Davis wrote:
> 1. Michael has made some very good contributions to
> the work of script encoding,
I've come to appreciate Michael for the very first
time as I look at Phoenician. I still disagree, but
it's been stimulating. I would never have looked at
RTL Greek or Minoan or the date for the Theran
eruption on my own.
Last night I learned that Phoenician is closer to
Mishnaic Hebrew and Northern Biblical Hebrew.
Phoenician is 'coastal Canaanite.'
And Mark Davis also wrote:
> And unless they are living in caves in the mountains
> of Tibet, there is no reason for them not to be
> aware of Unicode and its impact of the ability to
> encode text on their
You should actually think of Semitists and other
specialists in Ancient Afroasiatic as living on
Planetoid Sedna, the newest, furthest, and tiniest
member of our solar system. Tibet is still on Terra,
and Tibetan has been (exquisitely) done in Unicode.
Sednan Semitists have an excellent view of Terra (see
recent drawing Tuesday NYTimes Science section), but
they are indeed in their own little world.
This is a chicken-and-egg problem. There has never,
at any point, been software which does what a Semitist
would really need, what he does inside his (or her)
brain as he (or she) translates, builds a dictionary,
teaches advanced students, etc.
A fellow student at Harvard Div told me an interesting
story about my Mesopotamian history teacher. They
took a proctored final exam together in Chicago. She
got a stapled paper final.
My history teacher opened a large envelope and took
out an ancient brick covered with Akkadian cuneiform.
His final was to translate as much of the brick as
possible without a dictionary ......Elaine
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