From: Titus Nemeth (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Apr 30 2009 - 08:21:46 CDT
I have a manuscript in Berber language of the poet Muhammad al-Awzali in
Arabic script and want to type it. It contains a few of the "Berber"
characters (Kah with three dots below etc.), among them a miniature Ayn.
I was not able to find it encoded in the Unicode charts and also the
list-archives did not show results to my queries. One of the words that
use the letter is for example:
"miniature Ayn" (Fatha) + Alif + Yeh (Sukun) + Lam (Shadda/Fatha) + Nun
I am not familiar with Berber languages which makes it more difficult to
find out about this. I saw the use of a Greek Epsilon on a "TAMAZIGHT"
website, but doubt that this is conventional.
The only potential Unicode I found is U+01B9
01B9 Y LATIN SMALL LETTER EZH
• archaic phonetic for voiced pharyngeal
• sometimes typographically rendered with a
turned digit 3
• recommended spelling 0295 Z
→ 0295 Z latin letter pharyngeal voiced
→ 0639 arabic letter ain
Yet, I do not understand the relation to Ayn and whether this code would
actually be used in my context.
Moreover, I wonder about the encoding of Feh with dot below (06A2) and
the Qaf with a single dot above (06A7). As far as I have understood
(correct me if I'm wrong), those two letters are only graphically
distinct from the regular Feh (0641) and Qaf (0642). Hence, if this is
correct, their encoding would essentially contradict one of the
principles of the "character-glyph" model. To me this looks similar to
encoding single-storey and double-storey lowercase Latin a with
I have not come across texts that would use both versions at the same
I also wondered wether the Unicode values for these letters are actually
used by anyone?
Any help or pointing out of further resources would be highly appreciated,
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