From: Richard Wordingham (email@example.com)
Date: Tue May 22 2007 - 16:15:02 CDT
Peter Constable wrote on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 2:28 PM
> If you mean Kuy, I think the "blob" is nothing more exotic than phintuu.
It's the only Thai script sample for a Mon-Khmer language that I could find
at the Rosetta Project today, though the blob seemed larger when I looked at
the sample before.
There's some pretty fancy contextual positioning going on there if it is
PHINTHU. PHINTHU is normally positioned bottom right, but Kuy uses it as a
vowel modifier and positions it mid bottom. The logic looks as though it is
to centre if if the consonant is O ANG or if the consonant has a preposed
vowel - SARA E is the only example I saw in the current Rosetta Project
specimen. (Positioning it bottom right would do if it were modifying the
implicit vowel in closed syllables, as I have seen proposed for one
language's orthography.) The use as a vowel modifier seems to have been
borrowed from U+0323 COMBINING DOT BELOW in its significance of 'IPA: closer
variety of vowel'. Should the meaning 'closer variety of vowel' be added to
'Pali virama' for U+0E3A THAI CHARACTER PHINTHU'?
>> Martin Hosken has already raised the issue of U+0331 COMBINING MACRON
>> and the vowels below in the context of a new orthography for one of
>> Thailand's minority languages.
> I don't recall the details. Was that on this list? Date?
[It was on the (private) Unicore list - I've already pointed PC to the
archive of the thread.]
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