USAGE: What to do about punctuation?
|From:||Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, June 11, 2003, 17:41|
First, an OT reply and thank-you to John Cowan for his help; new
thread starts below.
RM = Roger Mills
MR = Mark Reed (me)
JC = John Cowan
RM> Even simpler-- Right Alt-/ and RightAlt-1-- ¿ ¡ (at least
RM> if your keybd is set to US Intl.?)
MR> Hm, that doesn't work for me.
JC> In XP the keyboard state is per-application, so you have to click on
JC> Notepad to set the keyboard focus and *then* change the keyboard state.
Ah so! That indeed does the trick. Dand zadurzkem.
This mention of punctuation has me wondering what, if anything, I
should do about punctuation in my con-script for Okaikiar. I'd like to
do a survey of existing natlang scripts, but Daniels' book
seems to be unavailable for the forseeable future, and the Unicode
standard is too inclusive (it has many little-used and obsolete characters)
to give a good sense of what's really used in practice. It does seems
as though a lot of scripts didn't have much, if any, native punctuation
and just tacked on the marks used with the Roman alphabet in western
Europe, reversed as appropriate for R-L scripts. (I do find it interesting,
though, that the Greek question mark looks like our semicolon.)
Do script features tend to run in groups, like language features?
Does the presence of a comma, say, imply the presence of a period?
A question mark (at least in languages that don't have a particle
Those of you who have created your own scripts, what have you done
Thanks in advance for any help.