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Re: Changing CXS (Was: Re: Representing tones in X-Sampa; Khmer phonemes (for Tim May))

From:Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>
Date:Sunday, February 1, 2004, 23:24
On 28 Jan 2004 at 10:14, Tristan McLeay wrote:

> On Wed, 28 Jan 2004, Andreas Johansson wrote: > > > Quoting Tristan McLeay <zsau@...>: > > > > > Given all the problems with /a_2/-for-diphthong, I think it almost > > > make more sense to remove it as an option in CXS. > > > > I rather agree. > > I don't like changing the standard once it's been made
Feh. A standard is only immutable once it's accepted and in regular use, and has stopped naturally fluctuating. Up until that point it's just a plaything. Given the very nature of the minds of this group, I suspect the "settling in" period prior to a cry of "Right, that's it, it's perfect enough for now" is liable to be fairly long. That's not to say there should not be at least one person recording the current state of flux (or best guess thereof), but it ís to say that person should in no way be thought of as the keeper of the standard, except perhaps jocularly. Version numbers would help, until the first schism, at which point, one branch or the other ought to change its name. Deciding which, of course, is a matter for much heated debate, whenever it occurs. Perhaps both branches ought to rename themselves, and allow memetic evolution to eventually decide which continues to wear the title. Paul


Tristan McLeay <zsau@...>