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From: "Don Osborn" <dzo@xxxxxx>
To: qalam @ yahoogroups . com
Subject: Re: Tifinagh
Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2003 20:52:31 -0000
I don't know a lot about the background, but there's politics involved, apparently (but the issue is not new), and one contact indicated that there were some prominent individuals committing their own money to making this work. (Makes one wonder if Unicode encoding of Tifinagh could benefit?)
My limited impression is that this is not intended as something like a classic, but as something people would use. How that will turn out in practice is another issue.
--- In qalam @ yahoogroups . com, Gabriella F. Scelta <webmaster@i...>
> This seems like a fairly major development (especially to me who has
> been wanting to learn it for some time now and is now thinking about
> enrolling in moroccan primary school).
> Its especially interesting since i thought Tifinagh was 'on its way
> out' as scripts go. Its also interesting on a cultural level because,
> at least historically, it seems that it was more of a 'female' script
> since the men traditionally have gone to school to learn arabic. (And
> i've noticed that learning things that are considered 'female' do not
> usually take precedent.) Also, i've gotten the feeling that there is a
> certain level of secrecy regarding the script and to make it publicly
> available would be counter to that.
> I'm curious as to whether anyone knows why they decided this and how it
> is being treated - my guess is that it might be treated more like latin
> here - more of a classics type of educational element.
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