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From:  "Angus B. Grieve-Smith"
Date:  Sat Mar 9, 2002  4:14 pm
Subject:  "Real" writing systems

On Sat, 9 Mar 2002, Valerie Sutton wrote:

> I guess "real" to them means "established" or "something that looks
> exactly like the Roman alphabet"...

That's a funny one too. Newkirk notation uses the Roman alphabet,
and no one seems too interested in it. Apparently the SignFont committee
rejected that aspect of it, because they wanted something a bit different
from the Roman alphabet!

My understanding is that these are common reactions to almost any
proposed alphabet: one group thinks it should look just like the Roman
alphabet, and the other thinks it should be somewhat different, to reflect
the difference in cultures.

-Angus B. Grieve-Smith
Linguistics Department
University of New Mexico

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