Apostrophes (was: Re: ISO 639-3 changes)

Caoimhin O Donnaile caoimhin at smo.uhi.ac.uk
Sat Jan 31 20:49:09 CET 2015

Doug Ewell wrote:

>>> 4. For existing subtags, when we add a Description with a real click
>>> letter, we can simultaneously "correct" any ASCII apostrophes. We
>>> have already used both U+02BC MODIFIER LETTER APOSTROPHE (for
>>> Gwichʼin) and U+2019 RIGHT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK (for N’Ko, both
>>> language and script), and I would prefer to stick to one of these
>>> consistently for the African languages.
> [...]
> According to TUS, U+02BC is preferred over U+2019 if the character in 
> question is an actual letter of the orthography, which seems to be true 
> here.
> [...]
> So for bundling "better" apostrophes along with the true click letters 
> in Description fields like Juǀʼhoan (Ju/'hoan), as Kent Karlsson 
> originally proposed, I agree with Philip that we should use U+02BC 
> instead of U+2019. What does everyone else think?

I know nothing about this subject myself, but I looked up U+02BC at 


and it says “See also ... nko high tone apostrophe U+07F4”



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