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Re: EVA Transcription
On 15 Jan 2002 at 2:08, Jacques Guy wrote:
> There is a misunderstanding here about the EVA transcription.
> Certainly, <iin> is, almost beyond doubt, a single letter.
I like the "almost" :-)
> But so are ch and rr in Spanish
..... and "ll" too!
> If EVA has <in> for what is clearly a single letter, it is only because
> its designers, quite literally, ran out of pronounceable single letters
> and had to make do with pronounceable groups of letters.
Moreover, if <i> is a part of <in> and <iin> and *not* a character by
itself, then we would not find <i> preceding any other characters,
unless those characters are also composed by that stroke.
So one should look at how common are those <i?> duplets are (with <?>
different than <i> and <n>) .
And the answer is: "not very uncommon". In fact 1163 times.
i¯ 1 (&175;)
iÅ 1 (&197;)
Maybe <ir> and <iir> may be single characters, but before deciding
that, one has to count them, and to do so, one has to transcribe
them, and so the need for a transcription alphabet.
Still, considering <ir> there are 429 instances of <i?> to account
So what is <i>?