Re: Obsolete characters

From: John Hudson (
Date: Fri Jan 16 2009 - 12:31:57 CST

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    Mark Davis wrote:

    > Note that there may have been some confusion from my message. By
    > "obsolete" or "archaic", we don't mean that the character itself is
    > deprecated or that people shouldn't use it; what we mean is that it
    > isn't customarily used in modern languages in typical publications
    > (corner newspapers, magazines, etc.).

    As well as archaic characters, there are a considerable number of
    characters -- Hebrew cantillation accents, Arabic Qur'anic marks --
    whose use is limited to religious texts and, indeed, to a single book or
    small number of texts. These might also be usefully distinguished from
    common or quotidian characters in modern language use.

    John Hudson

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