Re: [X] vs. [x]
|From:||John Cowan <cowan@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, March 27, 2004, 19:21|
Philippe Caquant scripsit:
> My wife didn't know the word "palochka" being used for
> "I", although she's Ukrainian, and Ukrainian alphabet,
> like Bielorussian, uses I.
Ukrainian-Byelorussian I/i is not the same as palochka --
in particular, the U-B letter (which is the legitimate
descendant of Greek iota, as reversed-N is of Greek eta)
has separate case forms, which palochka does not. Palochka
is used *only* as a diacritic, never as anything else.
John Cowan firstname.lastname@example.org www.reutershealth.com www.ccil.org/~cowan
"The exception proves the rule." Dimbulbs think: "Your counterexample proves
my theory." Latin students think "'Probat' means 'tests': the exception puts
the rule to the proof." But legal historians know it means "Evidence for an
exception is evidence of the existence of a rule in cases not excepted from."