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Mayan Writing

From:Barry Garcia <barry_garcia@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 6, 1999, 9:50 writes:
>I am very much intrigued by Maya hieroglyphs. They have about the same >thing: symbols (for syllables) are placed together to form a block. I >wanted to make something like that: words existing of one form that has >encoded all sounds of that word, but I never succeeded. Gladilatian has >something like that (I have no URL) : one form per syllable.
Well in reality Mayan is a lot more involved than that. For instance, this quote from scratches the surface of Mayan writing: Mayan hieroglyphic writing is made up of symbols that represent whole words (logographs) or syllables consisting of consonant-vowel pairs (CV) or vowels (V). Anyway it's an interesting page. The whole domain has a lot of stuff on Mayan culture. That page I quoted is a part of the pages on the writing system. The author talks about how one can go about writing their name out in Mayan (just off of the sounds, not how it would be done if you were talking to a scribe). It really goes fairly deep into the writing system without being stuffy and scholarly :) (i like that!).