[Tshwanelex-l] Sort configuration: how to handle digraphs and trigraphs?
david.joffe at tshwanedje.com
Wed Apr 25 04:19:37 EDT 2012
There is a way to do it, but it is a bit 'technical' ... hope to
reply later and explain, but quite busy right now.
On 25 Apr 2012 at 10:11, Menan du Plessis wrote:
From: Menan du Plessis <menanduple at fastmail.fm>
To: "tshwanelex-l" <tshwanelex-l at mailman.yale.edu>
Date sent: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 10:11:22 +0200
Subject: [Tshwanelex-l] Sort configuration: how to handle digraphs and
> Dear fellow lexicographers,
> This is a quick postscript to my earlier query. I have thought of something that might solve the
> problem, even if it is rather inelegant.
> I was thinking to do most of the sorting on the 'first pass', with phonemic affricates, aspirated
> segments and the variously expanded clicks all being treated as individual members of the
> basic alphabet. l could use spare letters, punctutation marks and other symbols to stand as
> placeholders for those sounds that are represented by 'polygraph symbols' such as ts or !kx',
> and it would be easy enough to specify the ordering of these single symbol placeholders using
> the 'move up' or 'move down' buttons. The 'second pass' could then proceed to look at the
> vowels as usual.
> The only problem now is to specify the letter strings that need to be recognized as the values
> for the placeholders. As I understand it, the dialogue box allows the user to specify a list of
> various single elements that may be identified with a given symbol (e.g. upper and lower case
> forms). My question is: Is there some way of using punctuation within this list to indicate that a
> string of symbols should be treated as a single entity for purposes of the sort?
> Hope I have managed to explain this clearly enough.
> Best wishes,
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