Ancient Greek apostrophe marking elision

James Tauber via Unicode unicode at
Fri Jan 25 16:02:25 CST 2019

I guess U+02BC is category Lm not Mn, but doesn't that still mean it
modifies the previous character (i.e. is really part of the same grapheme
cluster) and so isn't appropriate as either a vowel or an indication of an
omitted vowel?

On Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 4:30 PM Richard Wordingham via Unicode <
unicode at> wrote:

> On Fri, 25 Jan 2019 12:39:47 -0500
> James Tauber via Unicode <unicode at> wrote:
> > Thank you, although the word break does still affect things like
> > double-clicking to select.
> >
> > And people do seem to want to use U+02BC for this reason (and I'm
> > trying to articulate why that isn't what U+02BC is meant for).
> It's a bit tricky when the reason is that it was too hard to get users
> of English to make a distinction between U+02BC and U+2019.  And for
> Larry Niven's elephant-like aliens in _Footfall__, is _fi'_, the
> singular of _fithp_, better written with U+02BC or U+2019?  And does
> the phonetically faithful spelling of Estuarine English _fi'_ for
> _fit_ depend on whether the glottal stop is dropped?
> The science-fiction ethnonym _Vl'harg_ is also tricky.  Does its elegant
> encoding depend on whether the apostrophe is a vowel symbol (so
> U+02BC) or the indication of an omitted vowel (so U+2019)?
> Richard.

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