From: Chris Harvey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Sep 12 2005 - 11:11:07 CDT
Ysgrifennodd William J Poser <email@example.com> ar y 12-09-2005 am
> /ts/, /dz/, and /ts'/. The glottalized affricate is written
> with underlining only under the <t> and the <s> parts.
I didn’t mention the underlined ts’, as the underlining doesn’t occur
under the apostrophe.
> the appearance of the printed materials with which
> people are familiar.
Your (William Poser’s) essay, “Dʌlk’ʷahke: The First Carrier Writing
System” uses the MACRON BELOW. The Yinka Dene Language Institute
publications use underline formatting, e.g. delhu<u>ts</u>'i
(http://www.ydli.org/dakinfo/comxplhe.htm); it’s impossible to say whether
this intends to be MACRON BELOW or LOW LINE.
> Finally, in the longer term the underlining is
> really going to be used only in scholrly material.
> The language itself is on the verge of extinction,
> but even if by some miracle the language should
> survive, the distinction between the lamino-dentals
> (the ones with the underlining) and the apico-alveolars
> has already been lost by all but the oldest speakers.
That’s as may be; the language still needs to be encoded, as well as all
of the other languages employing an underline for a diacritic.
The materials being published by the Yinka Dene Language Institute (Like
Mus_dz_i ’Udada’) continue to use the underlining, marking the
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