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Title: Visual graphetics and language ideology: typographic design for the Greek-Cypriot dialect
Authors: Papadima, Aspasia 
Keywords: Diacritics;Greek-Cypriot dialect;Language ideology;Orthographic system;Typographic design;Typographic system;Visual graphetics
Category: Arts
Field: Humanities
Issue Date: Dec-2016
Publisher: IGI Global
Source: International Journal of Signs and Semiotic Systems, 2016, Volume 5, Issue 2, Article, 3, Pages 17
Journal: International Journal of Signs and Semiotic Systems 
Abstract: There are certain sounds in the Greek-Cypriot dialect (henceforth GCD) that cannot be represented by characters from the Greek alphabet in its written form. Contradicting ideologies have made it impossible for Cypriots to settle on an official and common orthographic system, which has led to a rich variety of typographic conventions and many significant typographic drawbacks. This study aims to introduce a new set of typographic characters for the representation of the palato-alveolar GCD consonants that would provide ideal reading conditions for users (Unger, 2007; Noordzij, 2005; Bringhurst, 2005), while taking into consideration their political and cultural stances and needs. The new typographic system has been tested in two rounds of action research, providing both quantitative and qualitative data. The results show that the proposed system satisfies both the design and linguistic criteria of a successful written system as proposed by Sebba (2007), namely phonological accuracy, simplicity and readability.
ISSN: 2155-5036
DOI: 10.4018/IJSSS.2016070103
Rights: © 2016, IGI Global
Type: Article
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