From: Hans Aberg (email@example.com)
Date: Fri May 20 2005 - 18:21:42 CDT
At 16:42 +0100 2005/05/20, Peter Kirk wrote:
>>John Jenkins has produced Deseret versions of the Doctrine and
>>Covenants and Pearl of Great Price in PDF format (downloadable from
>><http://homepage.mac.com/jhjenkins/Deseret/Triple.pdf>). Given that
>>Deseret was created for writing Mormon texts this document can hardly
>>be seen as a "fantasy" usage of the script, and I am sure that John
>>considers it to be a serious usage of the script.
>Perhaps "fantasy" was not quite the right word (it wasn't my word
>originally), but the one part of this document I can read states
>"the Alphabet never caught on and hasn't had any significant use
>since 1869". Was this document itself produced for people to
>actually read, or just as a typographical curiosity or a test of
There seems to be a difference between scripts, on the one hand, that
have been in active use as part of a natural written language of a
community and those that have not. Perhaps "natural written language"
and "not natural written language" might be useful terms. Finding a
clear border will probably be like telling how many trees that makes
up a forest.
-- Hans Aberg
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