everson at evertype.com
Wed Nov 22 22:55:43 CET 2006
At 10:23 +0700 2006-11-22, Martin Hosken wrote:
>These universal systems are scripts/script variants, call them what you
These universal systems are orthographies of the Latin script; they
are not independent scripts by any of our definitions. They may use
specialized characters, but that makes them no less Latin.
>I don't really mind where one draws the line, but I do want to know
>how to tag stuff that has been written using them. Please help.
I have tried to help, Martin!
We have seen orthography subtags before. We have them for German. I
have proposed them for polytonic and monotonic Greek. And I proposed
a whole set:
fonipa International Phonetic Alphabet
fonupa Uralic Phonetic Alphabet
fonweb Websters phonetic respelling (i-macron = [aj] etc)
fonami Americanist phonetic tradition
fonlep Lepsius' Standard Alphabet
fondan Danish dialect alphabet
fornor Norwegian dialect alphabet
>As SIL starts to get its act together in this area, we would really
>value your input on how you want us to tag our data. The danger I
>fear is that the need to tag will precede the knowledge of how to
>tag and people will just make things up and we'll have a retagging
>nightmare on our hands.
I believe that it is possible to define orthography subtags precisely
enough to be able to assist SIL and others who need to tag phonetic
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com
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