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

From: John Hudson (
Date: Thu Mar 24 2005 - 13:34:07 CST

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    Of the orthographies of 600+ languages that I researched for MS Typography in 1998,
    including many African languages during a week spent at the excellent African Studies
    Library at Northwestern University, Fe'fe' is the only one that I have listed as using
    U+0251 LATIN SMALL LETTER ALPHA. Unfortunately, I can't find the folder that contains my
    bibliography for each language (I believe MST should have a copy of this kicking around
    someplace; Peter C, you could ask Paul Nelson about this).

    When researching African languages I found a lot of instability in the orthographies,
    either because of frequent reforms or, in some cases, different orthographies used for the
    same language in different countries. Apart from grammars and government orthographic
    reports (the Ghana language authority produced particularly good documentation), I also
    consulted books published in the languages, which were typically aimed at children. In
    many cases, only lowercase letters were shown, but I presumed bicameral casing for all
    characters that I documented for MS.

    John Hudson

    Tiro Typeworks
    Vancouver, BC
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    A century of philosophy, by Hans Georg Gadamer
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