Re: Revised Phoenician proposal

From: Mark E. Shoulson (
Date: Sun Jun 06 2004 - 16:44:47 CDT

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    D. Starner wrote:

    >>Scholars of Semitic languages do *not* have a monopoly on the heritage
    >>of ancient writing systems. There are other people in the world besides
    >>them (a few),
    >"The heritage of ancient writing systems." All of a sudden these letters
    >are incredibly important (despite the fact you could take every class
    >some major universities offer and not hear word one about them), and suddenly
    >all these people who don't know anything about Phoenician have a huge vested
    >interest in the matter.
    >Let's be honest; the only people who matter in the least when discussing
    >a script is the people who actually use it. And all evidence presented here
    >indicates that scholars of Semitic languages--that is, the people who can
    >actually read the stuff written in the script--are, not surprisingly, the
    >majority users of Phoenician.
    >>and some of them wish to use Phoenician letters distinctly
    >>from Square Hebrew, and their desires and needs are *EVERY* *BIT* as
    >>important as those of your precious Semiticists.
    >No, they aren't. The people who use the script are the most important
    But I *was* talking about people who use the script. People who want to
    use it anyway. Just that they might not be Semitic scholars. My point
    was that Semiticists are NOT the only users of the script.


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