The Deseret Alphabet in Unicode
Ken Beesley - Xerox Research Centre Europe
Statement of purpose:
This paper will review the history, interest, and Unicode implementation of the Deseret Alphabet, a 19th- century Mormon attempt at English spelling reform using a non-roman alphabet.
Review the history of the Deseret Alphabet, showing its roots in the Pitman phonotypy movement. Review the surviving documents, their linguistic interest, and the need for encoding and fonts. Review the Unicode implementation of the Deseret Alphabet.
The current Unicode implementation of Deseret Alphabet handles only the 38-letter version that was used in printed books. Earlier 40-letter versions of the alphabet were used, some interesting manuscripts survive, and the Unicode implementation will need to be augmented slightly to encode them.
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