RE: Is long s a presentation form?

Date: Mon Nov 11 2002 - 13:45:03 EST

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    On 11/11/2002 11:12:55 AM Michael Everson wrote:

    >Are there not minimal pairs in Hebrew where the final form would be
    >expected but isn't used for some reason? There certainly is for final
    >sigma, which is why it is a good thing it is encoded separately.

    I agree that there are valid reasons for encoding these as distinct
    characters. When we did our implementations for Biblical Greek and Hebrew
    several years ago, we weren't aware of those reasons; for the texts we were
    concerned with it seemed quite appropriate to assume that there is only one
    sigma character. My objection wasn't to there being two sigmas but to the
    the claim that "nobody" considers them to be representable by a single

    - Peter

    Peter Constable

    Non-Roman Script Initiative, SIL International
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