Re: Unifon

From: Asmus Freytag <>
Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2011 09:35:49 -0700

On 6/28/2011 1:40 AM, Andreas Stötzner wrote:
> Am 28.06.2011 um 09:43 schrieb Jean-François Colson:
>> I’m interested in Unifon ( That’s a phonemic
>> alphabet for English which is used to teach reading.
>> Although it has been encoded in the ConScript Unicode Registry as a
>> new script in a three-columns block, it has in fact been designed as
>> an extension of the Latin alphabet.
>> Therefore, considering that three fifths of its letters are already
>> available, I wonder whether a proposal shouldn’t be limited to the 16
>> missing letters.
>> What’s your opinion?
> Is there a real need for regular encoding?
> If proposed as kind of extension to Latin there will be one issue at
> least to be considered carefully: Unifon does not fit the Latin
> Writing system since it is unicameral, not bicameral (as far as I can
> see).

Same restriction applies to IPA and phonetic notations, all of which
have been unified with Latin as far as common letters are concerned.
> By which I doubtlessly not intend at all to encourage any of the
> enthusiasts to think they ought now go to their desks and try to
> invent new lowercase glyphs.
More relevant would be "who uses this system, where and how widely".

The answer to those questions decides, among others, whether any
standardization effort is warranted.

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