Re: Archaic Pashto letter

From: Szelp, A. Sz. <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:07:45 +0100

> - Is the present hamza convention a development of the two vertical dots
> proposal, or are they unrelated? About a year ago I worked with several
> Afghan expatriates living in Southern California, and in handwriting they
> would typically join two diacritical dots as a squiggle rather than a line
> (which is more common in Arabic). One could see how two vertical dots might
> develop into a vertical squiggle and later into a hamza, especially given
> the note by Vladimir Ivanov cited below. But this is only a conjecture at
> this point.

This sounds pretty much plausible, anyway it seems more plausible than an
"original" hamza. In that case U+0682 would be actually a glyph variant of

Anyway, I'm quite interested in the outcome of yours and others'
investigation into that matter.

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