Re: Bantu click letters

From: John Cowan (
Date: Thu Jun 10 2004 - 10:00:11 CDT

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    Michael Everson scripsit:

    > Although Pullum and Ladusaw
    > don't show the glyphs, they refer specifically to Doke's characters
    > (s.v. ///). They describe them as "ad hoc" which I suppose the were,
    > in 1925, though "novel" would do as well as they aren't entirely
    > arbitrary and they weren't "found" bits of lead type pressed into
    > other service -- they were cut to order.

    If Sequoyah had had clout, we'd probably be using his original
    characters for Cherokee today.

    > That Pullum and Ladusaw have not forgotten Doke's characters suggests
    > that Africanists will also likely not forget them, and will find use
    > in access to them as encoded characters in the UCS.

    It's P&L's business to remember what would otherwise be (mercifully,
    in some cases) forgotten, so that people who need to interpret old
    documents have some hope of doing so.

    What we need is more evidence: either documentary evidence, or the
    evidence of breathing Africanists.

    John Cowan                              <>    
                    Charles li reis, nostre emperesdre magnes,
                    Set anz totz pleinz ad ested in Espagnes.

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