Re: Apostrophes (was Re: Exemplar Characters)

From: Dr.James Austin (
Date: Sat Nov 19 2005 - 05:26:48 CST

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        The mark which is used as "apostrophe" may also be
    used in identical shape as "comma". Those would have to be considered as two
    different entities because they constantly occupy two different levels with
    reference to the base line. They thus have two different existential
    lines/points and require two different code points.

      {'} cannot be pronounced. It is not a sound-representation. It is a
    non-alphabetic character, having its own appointed name: apostrophe. We
    pronounce this name where we need to say it is there.Suppose we want to have
    "Name's" read out, clearly showing that it is not the 'plural' form. Then we
    would have to make it heard as: "name apostropohe s".
    Let us make a point about reading vs pronouncing.When we read 'name' in
    'name's', we are not pronouncing n, a, m and e; we are reading them, i.e.,
    producing the exact sounds connectedly in the given sequence; then we are
    not reading 's, we are pronouncing the names of these two items as
    "apostropohe s". Conversely, when we transcribe it back we do not write the
    name of (the last item) the letter, but the letter itself, which represents
    its own name as well

    James Austin

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Michael Everson" <>
    To: "Unicode Discussion" <>
    Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2005 2:01 AM
    Subject: Re: Apostrophes (was Re: Exemplar Characters)

    > At 15:03 -0500 2005-11-15, Chris Harvey wrote:
    > >a h i k n p r t u x y '
    > >
    > >Point 1: It doesn't matter what the phonetic realisations of these
    > >are to assign a Unicode codepoint. We know that Latin Script a is
    > >U+0061 regardless of how it's pronounced.
    > >
    > >Point 2: We have evidence from Breton that U+2019 is used as part of
    > >an alphabetic letter, instead of just punctuation.
    > >
    > >a is U+0061
    > >h is U+0068
    > >...
    > >' is what?
    > U+02BC, probably, if ' is a letter by itself.
    > It is not in Breton.
    > --
    > Michael Everson *

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