[Harfbuzz-indic] Unicode vs OpenType: nukta after vowel
Christopher.Chapman at MonotypeImaging.com
Tue Jun 28 13:37:08 PDT 2011
Bernard Massot wrote:
>I personally agree with Unicode. I've never seen a nukta following a
>vowel, and linguistics books I've read on Indian scripts don't speak of
>that. Can you think of any real world use of such a thing?
Yes, sort of. :-)
Take a look at the paper, "Recent Adaptions of the Devanagari Script for the Tibeto-Burman Languages of Nepal" by Michael Noonan, available here:
On page 15 there's an example of a "subscript dot" (which is thus arguably a nukta [remember that "nukta" just means "point" or "dot"]) being used to modify the vowel signs for use in the Limbu language. The dot appears below the consonant "ka" in the example although in a different position from where it would typically go when changing "ka" to "qa" in Hindi. Perhaps this could be represented in Unicode as a U+0323 COMBINING DOT BELOW rather than a U+093C DEVANAGARI SIGN NUKTA, but I mention it because it is a NUKTA-like below-base dot that is modifying the vowel sign, not the consonant.
Also possibly of interest: on page 16 there's an example of the halant being used below a vowel sign for use in the Thangmi languages.
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