Glyphs and graphemes [was Re: Cult-like behaviour]

MRAB python at
Tue Jul 17 13:58:35 EDT 2018

On 2018-07-17 03:25, Tim Chase wrote:
> On 2018-07-17 01:08, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
>> In English, I think most people would prefer to use a different
>> term for whatever "sh" and "ch" represent than "character".
> The term you may be reaching for is "consonant cluster"?
They are digraphs, 2 characters that are treated as a single unit.

As it says in the first paragraph: "a consonant cluster, consonant 
sequence or consonant compound is a group of consonants which have no 
intervening vowel."

"sh" is a single phoneme (sound) that happens to be written in English 
with 2 letters.

"ch" usually represents 2 phonemes, basically the sounds of "t" followed 
by "sh"; other times it's "k" (e.g. in "echo"); occasionally it's "sh" 
(e.g. in "champagne").

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