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Re: Cyrillic letters for /T/ and /D/

From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Friday, February 22, 2008, 9:53
David J. Peterson wrote:
> BPJ: > << > How would you all react to a (non-Slavic) Cyrillic-based > alphabet using upside-down Cyrillic {s} and {z} for /T/ and > /D/? The idea is that a 19th century alphabet maker was able > to turn existing lead types upside down to create new > symbols, but not to add diacritics or wholly new shapes. > >> > > Wasn't their a native Cyrillic character for /T/? If I'm remember > right, it looked like an upper case Roman V. The letter I'm > thinking of is a V with a little tail on the upper right. It's pictured > here, but it doesn't give it's value, unless I'm missing it: > > <>
No, that's the letter known in Russian as _izhitsa_ and is a stylized version of a medieval Greek upsilon. It's the letter before it called _fita_ in Russian. It was he Greek _theta_ (the change [T] --> [f] is common in many varieties of colloquial southern Brit English). Both fita and izhitsa were dropped in the Bolshevik spelling reform; but fita would be readily available to a 19th century alphabet marker. I would have thought that was the obvious candidate for /T/. If this guy had recourse only to existing lead types, I guess what he would have done with /D/ is anyone's guess. It would depend, I think, whether he associated /D/ more closely with /d/ or with /z/ (or even /v/, as those English dialects that change [T] to [f] also change [D] to [v]). If the alphabet maker was acquainted with the Greek alphabet, it would seem more likely to me that he might have used an inverted Cyrillic /d/. -- Ray ================================== ================================== Frustra fit per plura quod potest fieri per pauciora. [William of Ockham]