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From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Saturday, December 6, 2008, 16:44
Alex Fink wrote:(someone wrote:)> >Clearly Unicode needs to include upside down
letters, mirror image letters,> and upside down mirror image letters. > >
Clearly they do. Upside down letters at least. > > I mean, didn't it always
used to happen that you'd be out doing fieldwork,> on a mission, what have you,
and you'd need some extra distinctive letters> you could produce with your
trusty typewriter for some orthography you were> stirring up -- and what could
you do?
Absolutely! Back in typewriter days, there were times I needed a nice clean schwa on a few
occasions. Solution: take the paper out, put it back in upside down, align
carefully, type "e" and voilà. But keep the White-Out handy :-) ...and it's
not something convenient to do in a lengthy paper :-)...
In my diss. on South Sulawesi languages and Proto-Austronesian, I fudged by using
barred-i, which annoyed some people; but IMNSHO was better than using the
standard "e" for *schwa, especially since SSul languages also had [e] of
different origin. Even now I have a thing about the schwa character, and prefer
to use e-breve in Indonesian material, which at least has historical precedent,
and tended to be available in computer fonts that lacked schwa (even though
fonts available now have solved that problem.)


Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>¡u?op ?p?sdn ?? ? ?? u?? oo? no?