Missing old Greek ligature/letter "omicron+upsilon above"

From: Philippe Verdy (verdy_p@wanadoo.fr)
Date: Sun Sep 19 2010 - 11:07:26 CDT

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    See (in the definition of "ABARIM") :


    And its discussion page (in French) :


    In this page (and others in the same book) the Greek ligature/letter
    is present alone, or with a Greek circonflex
    above (Latin tilde).

    Currently the Greek ligature "omicron+upsilon above" is encoded (in
    the page view) as Latin letter "ou" (U+0222
    capital / U+0223 small), and corrected (in the full text view) using
    non-ligatured omicron+upsilon (but it's
    impossible to say if this introduced a distinction in the Polytonic
    Greek language at this epoch, so it's not clear that it's
    really a ligature or a plain letter).

    Clearly there does seem to be missing a Greek letter, which should
    behave exactly like the Latin letter. I can't say
    if this is a contamination of the Greek script by the Latin script
    (the book itself is in French), or if finally the
    ligature was also used in Greek books. I think that such famous
    authors were knowing Greek enough to have seen the
    ligature used in pure Greek alone.


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