Re: Response to Everson Phoenician and why June 7?

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Sat May 22 2004 - 17:51:29 CDT

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    At 15:14 -0700 2004-05-22, E. Keown wrote:

    >I got hysterical--or perhaps I should say, continued to be
    >hysterical--because I thought no one on the Unicode list was
    >listening (even to Dean Snyder, a
    >very serious expert) and I thought maybe you all would listen to
    >Kaufman....he does have the 2nd-largest Semitic database in the
    >world at this point.

    No Semiticist is going to convince me that Phoenician is a font
    variant of Hebrew. Ever. The history of writing systems says
    otherwise. That is *my* expert opinion.

    Whether Semiticists want to transliterate everything into Hebrew or
    Latin in their databases is their business. I fully support their

    What "problems" people like Dean imagine will occur if they are
    googling for Phoenician documents, well, it's just not serious. Many
    texts exist in Latin transliteration, and the problems of the
    representation of ALEF and AYIN in Latin transliteration are worse
    than any problem anyone would ever have with poor li'l Phoenician.

    Michael Everson * * Everson Typography *  *

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