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Doc Type: Working Group Document Title: Revised proposal to add Mayanist Latin letters to the UCS

By Organisation Internationale De Normalisation and Source Michael Everson


In N3028 I proposed to add Mayanist Latin letters to the UCS; N3047 by Deborah Anderson gives the responses of nine Mayanists to that proposal. In the present document, I correct some errors in my previous document pointed out by the Mayanists, I provide examples of some of the additional scanned materials they provided and which Chuck Riley procured for me, and I respond to some of the specific comments the Mayanists made in the hopes of clarifying those comments for WG2 and the UTC. 1. Background. In N2931, Lorna Priest and Peter Constable proposed the addition of Ó LATIN LETTER TRESILLO and Ô LATIN LETTER CUATRILLO to the UCS in support of archaic letters used in 16th-century Guatemala to write Mayan languages such as Kaqchikel (Cakchiquel), K’iche ’ (Quiché), and Tz’utujil (Tzutuhil). Although these two letters were accepted for ballotting in PDAM3 of ISO/IEC 10646, as a set of characters they are inadequate to represent texts in normalized 16th-century orthography which use these letters. Such normalization may be rare—it certainly has been in the past—but it should nevertheless be supported by the UCS. The letters in question were devised by Brother Francisco de la Parra (†1560 in Guatemala) and were used by a number of early linguist-missionaries to represent sounds occurring in Kaqchikel, K’iche’, and Tz’utujil. In his edition of the Annals of the Cakchiquels, Brinton 1885 gives a set of four letters (one of which is used as a digraph with h) with the following glyphs, alongside descriptions which he attributes to the grammarian Torresano: Ó

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