Typesetting hәn̓q̓әmin̓әm̓

Posted on Nov 13, 2019 | No Comments
Typesetting hәn̓q̓әmin̓әm̓

I recently had a challenging book project for MQUP that included typesetting the language of the Musqueam people – the oldest-known residents of Vancouver. It is written using the Americanist phonetic notation and has 36 consonants, 22 of which are not found in English. Using Minion 3 and First Nations Unicode fonts, I was able to set all the necessary glyphs. Note that even at the beginning of a sentence, hәn̓q̓әmin̓әm̓ uses no upper case letters. e. e. cummings would have loved the language.