Humanities & IT

An hypothesis of keyboard layout remapping to type Etruscan

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After seeing how comfortable is typing Etruscan with TEVU, you may wonder if that could be done also with a real computer keyboard. And the answer is yes.
It is a question of creating a new keyboard layout where every Latin character relates to its Etruscan correspondent in the Unicode Old Italic block (see what I have already written about it).
Here I am just putting down the guidelines to have the most intuitive and logical mapping, such as the one in the image I have drawn in this page.

For practical reasons I have started from an Italian QWERTY layout, but the idea is applicable to any, as we are going to remap only clean letters (A-Z) and numbers (0-9), leaving apart characters with accents, diacritics and punctuation.
As stated above, we will keep the phonetic correspondence between Latin and Etruscan graphemes.
As there is no evidence of a distinction between capital and small letters in the Etruscan epigraphs, our work is going to be simpler: we will just remap lower case characters.
We will use only the capitals of [t] and [p] for their respective aspirates [th / θ] and [ph / φ]; the capitals of [c] and [k] for their shared aspirate [ch / kh / χ]; the capital of [s] for its graphical variant [sh / ś / σ / whatever other transliteration used by different Etruscology schools]; the capital of [e] for its Etruscan backwards correspondent.
With reference to numbers, we are going to remap [1] and [5] for their Etruscan correspondents; the "capitals" of [1] and [5] for the respective Etruscan graphemes indicating 10 and 50; [0] for the grapheme indicating 100.
The middle dot [·], which is used in several epigraphs, is already available on the keyboard (on the Italian QWERTY, for example, you have to press [ALT-GR]+[.]), so we might also leave it at its place.

Should you feel like trying and have success, thank you in advance for letting me know.

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