From: Don Osborn (email@example.com)
Date: Sun May 11 2003 - 05:16:48 EDT
Just noted that the beta version of Unicode 4.0 has the same description for these characters (see http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/Unicode-4.0/U40-0180.pdf ) as in version 3.2 :
01B3 - LATIN CAPITAL LETTER Y WITH HOOK
01B4 - LATIN SMALL LETTER Y WITH HOOK
. Bini, Esoko, and other Edo languages in West Africa
It might be opportune to mention under 01B3 that the glyph can also have the hook to the right (in fact that seems to be preferred at least in some areas - see discussion at http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=HooktopYVariantsand under 01B4 that the character is also used in Hausa (Niger) and Fula.
Curiously, Hartell's (1993) data does not show the hooked y for Edo/Bini in Nigeria (see http://www.bisharat.net/A12N/NIGERIA-table.htm or http://www.rosettaproject.org:8080/live/search/showpages?ethnocode=EDO&doctype=ortho&version=0&scale=sixo info on Esoko. And just for completeness's sake, Nigeria does not use the hooked-y for Hausa or Fula (unlike other countries of the region). Can anyone clarify? If it is indeed used for Edo/Bini, is it possible that the left-hook capital hooked-Y is the preferred variant for it?
Don Osborn firstname.lastname@example.org
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