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Re: VMs: Stroke harmony. Was: Has anyone been down this route before?

3/09/2004 3:45:27 AM, Pamela Richards <spirlhelix@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>to further complicate
>matters, we use "glyph" to mean a single character
>that stands for a planet or other astrological

No conflict there. The conflicts arise with "graph"
which, as I've already written, immediately conjures
up "graph" as in "graph theory" or "graph" as in
"graph paper". On the other hand, there is no 
fundamental difference when you speak of the 
(astrological) glyph for "Jupiter", or that for
"quincunx", or of the (Mayan) glyph for "jaguar", or
for the syllable "ba". "Graph" gets really bad
when it leads you to "graphology", which should
make you think of "phonology". But everybody
will think, instead, of the theory that handwriting
reflects character.

So that's why in the article I'm writing I have
settled on glyph, alloglyph, glypheme.

Further, consider how we say "digraph" for 
sequences of two letters forming a single whole,
e.g. "th" in English, "gn" in French. And
"trigraphs", e.g. German "sch". Now what would
you call all the rest, those composed of only
ONE letter? Monographs?

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