'lower case a' and 'script a' in unicode

From: Alec Coupe (A.Coupe@latrobe.edu.au)
Date: Mon Mar 21 2005 - 19:54:44 CST

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    Dear list members,
    I would like to know why 'lower case a' is converted to 'script a' when
    it is italicized in unicode. This is a considerable hindrance in
    linguistic transcription because 'lower case a' represents Cardinal
    Vowel 4, while 'script a' represents Cardinal Vowel 5. For
    non-linguists, the difference is demonstrated by the Australian English
    versus the southern British English pronunciation of 'a' in 'father'.
    Since the majority of publishers require language examples to be
    differentiated from text by italic face, this potentially makes unicode
    a less than adequate font for linguistic description.
    Dr Alec Coupe
    ARC Postdoctoral Fellow
    Linguistics Program
    La Trobe University
    Bundoora, Melbourne 3086
    Tel. +61 3 9479-3297
    Fax +61 3 9479-1520

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