[sword-devel] Musings about the Cherokee NT module

David Haslam dfhmch at googlemail.com
Mon Jul 2 05:10:16 MST 2012

Chris wrote,

"It might make sense for me to add support for syllable-dividing hyphens in
Latin-Cherokee, like you see on the Cherokee NT website, since that would
facilitate its use as an input method. Then a user could type the hyphenated
text and precisely specify the desired syllable signs. "

That might work in theory, and provide for accurate reverse conversion back
to Cherokee, assuming that the back conversion would also remove the
inserted hyphens afterwards.

One might even imagine having an extra option in the command lines for
diatheke and uconv for use with transliteration output, to allow the user to
specify the use of a syllable divider.

Yet there is a real pitfall if you use the ordinary hyphen-minus character.
The Cherokee NT already contains hyphenated words!
There are 315 distinct hyphenated words, not counting any multiple instances
of each word.

This is why I used the middle dot in my exploratory method to make the Latin
transliteration display visible syllable dividers.

However, to offset this observation, when I examined the PDF file from
Google books, it seemed fairly clear that most (if not all) the existing
hyphens were at the end of a line in the two column formatted pages. Hence
it made some sense to replace all those ordinary hyphens by soft hyphens, as
that's what would have been used, had computers been around in 1860.


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