[Fwd]: Response to Mark's message]

John Cowan cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Thu Apr 10 08:23:56 CEST 2003

Michael Everson scripsit:

> IPA is a special use of Latin, but it's still Latin. 

Perhaps what is needed is a notion of "script subsets", which would
include Hans, Hant, and Ipal.  In this way we could clearly discriminate
between, say, English in ordinary orthography (en) and in IPA transcription

> >The only difference between the English alphabet and the pig-pen
> >(aka Masonic) cipher is the "conventional shapes used for many
> >characters).
> But not a reform *of* the writing system. :-)

Well, I hope not.  :-)

John Cowan           http://www.ccil.org/~cowan              cowan at ccil.org
To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all.  There
are no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language
that they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful.
        --_The Hobbit_

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