Available Mandaic (Manday) Unicode Fonts

From: Robert Wheelock <rwhlk142_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 16:31:26 -0400


I recently downloaded a legacy font for Manday (Mandaic) called *Zazai*; I
just started creating a Unicode version of this font, renamed *Zazay Unicode
*. The Manday letters were remapped into their proper codepoints (from
U+0840 to U+085F), and are named as follows:
HALQA: 0840 BA: 0841 GA: 0842 DA: 0843 HA: 0844
 USHENNA: 0845 ZA: 0846 HHA: 0847 TTA: 0848 IKSA: 0849
KA: 084A LA: 084B MA: 084C NA: 084D SA: 084E EN: 084F
   PA: 0850 SSA: 0851 QA: 0852 RA: 0853 SHA: 0854
TA: 0855 ADU: 0856 AKEDI: 0857 AYN: 0858
The 2-underdot *fricative* marker (name?!): 0859 The underbar *
vocalization* marker (name?!): 085A The single underdot *gemination* marker
(name?!): 085B
The codepoint 085C is reserved.
The small bullseye sign (Manday comma—name?!): 085D
The large bullseye sign (Manday period—name?!): 085E
The thick straight connector line (the Manday equivalent of the Arabic *
tatwil*/*kashidah*—name?!): 085F
Notice that HALQA is equivalent to ʾALEF/ALIF/HAMZAʾ, USHENNA to WAW, IKSA
to YUDH/YAʾ, and EN to ʿAYIN/ʿAYN!
The 0859 sign is placed *under* a similar-sounding Manday letter to
indicate loan phonemes (those borrowed from Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, Farsi,
... and so on): A (*halqa*) to ʾ; B to V; G to (velar) GH; D to DH; H to
(pharyngeal) Ḥ; U (*ushenna*) to W; Z to ZH; H̱ to (laryngeal) *KH*; Ṭ to
Ẓ; I (*iksa*) to Y; K to (velar) KH; S to CH; E (*en*) to ʿ; P to F; Ṣ to
Ḍ; SH to J; T to TH, and AYN to (laryngeal) *GH*.
The 085A vocalization sign is placed under the vocalic letters *halqa*, *
ushenna*, and *iksa* (usually) to change their vowel sounds: A is
lengthened to Ā; U lowered to O; and I lowered to E.
The 085B sign placed under any letter functions like the Hebrew *
daghesh-ḫazaq* and the Arabic *shaddaʾ*/*tashdid*—this sign then
*geminates* (strengthens,
doubles) the sound of the letter that the sign is placed under; when placed
under SHA, it strengthens it to SSHA /ʃʃɑ/.
Please provide the native Manday names for the signs in the range 0859 -
085F when you reply.
I only have the *Zazai*/*Zazay* font so far; do any of you have any of the
OTHER Manday fonts around (FürElise Manday, or any of the Ardwani Asabti
typefaces, or the one with nice rounded strokes [like VAG Rounded])?! If
so, please post these onto the Forums for us all to download. Thank You!

Robert Lloyd Wheelock
International Symbolism Research Institute
Augusta, ME U.S.A.
Received on Wed Aug 22 2012 - 15:35:19 CDT

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