From: Peter Kirk (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Mar 03 2005 - 05:36:14 CST
On 03/03/2005 11:02, UList@dfa-mail.com wrote:
>The Old Athenian lambda and the standard Greek lambda in no way stride a line:
>they are clearly the same characterhood, and clearly distinct basic shapes.
Greek lambda, Coptic lambda and Gothic lambda (or whatever the exact
names are) are also "clearly the same characterhood", and even have the
same basic shape although the languages are different. But they are now
considered distinct Unicode characters.
Hebrew lamed, palaeo-Hebrew lamed and Phoenician lamed are also "clearly
the same characterhood"; the first two of these are the same language,
and the last two the same basic shape. But the last two are likely to
become a distinct Unicode characters from the first one.
But then are Greek lambda, Phoenician lamed, Latin L and Cyrillic L also
"the same characterhood"? This doesn't depend on the basic shapes as for
some characters the basic shapes are the same. Mostly different
languages, of course, and so distinct Unicode characters. Perhaps the
main reason for disunification is historical and/or the preferences of
All this goes to show that there is no consistent rule which can be
applied to understand what is happening here.
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