Add Revised Accented Character Support for Na-Dené (Athabaskan–Eyak–Tlingit) Languages #75
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Add Revised Accented Character Support for Na-Dené (Athabaskan–Eyak–Tlingit) Languages
The Na-Dené (Athabaskan–Eyak–Tlingit) family of languages are found across western North America, from Alaska to México. There are a variety of contemporary transcription methods for these languages: the most popular in the United States requires the acute and ogonek accents. Diné Bizaad (Navajo) – the most popular Na-Dené language in use – relies on the acute/ogonek transcription method for typeset text.
Accents are used predominantly on vowels, and are a form of guidance on suitable pronunciation. The acute accent indicates a raised tone, and the ogonek indicates adding a nasal tone. Therefore:
• a = normal tone, oral only
These accents are used on all five standard vowels (a, e, i, o & u). Some Na-Dené use additional accented consonant characters, such as ‘n-acute’ in Diné Bizaad.
Na-Dené languages always use a centre-positioned ogonek accent on characters, rather than the right-aligned position used in Europe by languages like Polish. Because few typefaces include support for centre-positioned ogonek accents, it has become customary to typeset Na-Dené using right-aligned ogonek accents as a last resort.
The Source family of typefaces already includes partial support for Na-Dené accented characters, but could be improved by adding centre-positioned ogonek accent support for the following characters:
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Based on the centered ogonek design as presented above in black, Adobe has commissioned a review from Victor Pascual, a Diné designer and he provided the following feedback:
After receiving this, I looked into my copy of Wall & Morgan’s Navajo-English Dictionary and found that the ogonek on ą in the font used (Linotype Metro Black) does indeed place the diacritic to the right of the letter and not on the bowl as shown in black in the graphic at the head of this thread. This has me wondering how important this distinction is in general. Currently I’m waiting on further review from Animikii to see what they have to say and I may see if I can find other examples to if there is a clear preference for ogonek placement or what is typically done.
While the ogonek position is centered in some works, it is also on the right in several works See adobe-fonts/source-sans#75