Why incomplete subscript/superscript alphabet ?

Julian Bradfield jcb+unicode at inf.ed.ac.uk
Mon Oct 10 14:43:29 CDT 2016

On 2016-10-10, Hans Åberg <haberg-1 at telia.com> wrote:
>> On 10 Oct 2016, at 15:24, Julian Bradfield <jcb+unicode at inf.ed.ac.uk> wrote:
>> The alveolar click with percussive flap hasn't made it into the
>> standard IPA, but in ExtIPA it's [ǃ¡] (preferably kerned together).

> There is ‼ DOUBLE EXCLAMATION MARK U+203C which perhaps might be used.

!! was used by one famous Africanist, but that was before ExtIPA existed.

> The preceding discussion was dealing additions to Unicode one-by-one—the question is what might be added so that linguists do not feel restrained.

Linguists aren't stupid, and they have no need for plain text
representations of all their symbology. Linguists write in Word or
LaTeX (or sometimes HTML), all of which can produce a wide range of
symbols beyond the wit of Unicode.

As I have remarked before, I have used "latin letter turned small
capital K", for reasons that seemed good to me, and I was not one whit
restrained by its absence from Unicode - nor was the journal.

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