Re[2]: Arab Ma[r]ks

From: Arno Schmitt (
Date: Fri Jul 16 2010 - 02:28:23 CDT

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    CE Whitehead has written:


    For kazakh it seems that the hamza but not the vowel diacritic displays to the right (apparently in an rtl context).

    Note that the Kazakh high hamza is not a mark but a letter. It sits before the word (turning all vowels in that word into umlaute). In the precomposed ligatures it looks like a hmaza *before* rather than a particularly *high* hamza, because it "really" is a letter before (turning that particular vowel into a umlaut).


    In Arabic, fatahan (the doubled fatah diacritic, tanween-al-fatah) and dammatan likewise display above but slightly to the right of the vowel seat.

    No, as has been stated before by Khaled Hosny -- if I am not mistaken -- fathatan and dammatan sit above the consonant and can move slightly to the left. The view that that sit about "the vowel seat" is wrong!

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