Peter T. Daniels scripsit:

> > Personally, I think you should know. If someone tells me that Tamil
> > is coded as *an* abugida, then you need to know that he does not
> > mean that Tamil is encoded like *the* abugida. About lack of
> And now I'm supposed to know what you mean by "*an*" vs. "*the*"?

It seems pretty straightforward to me. Since the term "abugida" is derived
from Ethiopic tradition, it is fair enough to call Ethiopic *the* abugida;
however, Unicode encodes it as a syllabary, while encoding the Indic
scripts in abugida fashion. This is a bit paradoxical if you care about the
historical derivation of "abugida". If you don't, it's perfectly reasonable.

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