[Fwd]: Response to Mark's message]
everson at evertype.com
Thu Apr 10 10:06:08 CEST 2003
At 21:34 -0400 2003-04-09, John Cowan wrote:
>Michael Everson scripsit:
> > There are mappings between T and S characters. The two orthographies
> > don't *alternate* in the same way Fraktur and Roman might, but that
> > doesn't make them different scripts.
>But not algorithmic ones.
So what? So it's messy. So what?
> > >But the *result* of that revolution has been a bifurcation of the script's
>> >users into those who can read only SC and those who can read only TC.
>> Lots of readers of the Latin script can't identify thorn or gha or
>> ezh, or read IPA.
>IPA is not the orthography of any language, by its nature.
A number of languages have orthographies which are hardly
distinguishable from the IPA transcription, and which were based on,
possibly with simplifications, of the IPA transcriptions.
>As for not knowing thorn, you might have a case if there were a
>group of people who wrote English with thorn.
Fine. Plenty of Russians have no idea what non-Russian Cyrillic
letters are, or are for.
Michael Everson * * Everson Typography * * http://www.evertype.com
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