Proposal for a unified encoding of Early Cyrillic glyphs in the Unicode Private Use Area

Proposal for a unified encoding of Early Cyrillic glyphs in the Unicode Private Use Area

Scripta & e-Scripta vol. 8-9, 2010
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  • Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies // Early Cyrillic glyphs // Unicode 5.1 // Private Use Area //
  • Published by: Institute for Literature BAS
  • Print ISSN: 1312-238X
  • Summary/Abstract:

    The paper proposes an encoding standard for early Cyrillic characters and glyphs that are still missing in the Universal Character Set (UCS) of the Unicode Standard and for different reasons will probably never be included, but are nevertheless used by the paleoslavistic community. This micro-standard is meant to expand, not to replace the Unicode standard and follows the path chosen by the Medieval Unicode Font Initiative (MUFI) a few years ago for the Latin script (see Starting from the inventory of Old Cyrillic originally proposed at the conference held in Belgrade on 15–17 October 2007 (see BP), and taking in view the recommendations given by Birnbaum et al. 2008 and the MUFI-consortium, the chosen set is limited to 178 units with a specific function (characters and composites, superscript characters, modifier characters, and punctuation marks), which are located in the Private Use Area (PUA). Their positions (code points) are coordinated with MUFI. This set we will call PUA1. In the future a second set PUA2 will be proposed for a number of ligatures and paleographic variants that may not be coordinated with MUFI and are intended for special publications addressed to Slavistic readers. It is hoped that the proposed PUA encoding for Early Cyrillic Symbols, for which we choose the abbreviation CYFI, will establish itself as a sort of micro-standardization. Designers of scholarly fonts are encouraged to include these symbols according to this proposal (see code points in the appendix).

  • Page Range: 9-26
    No. of Pages: 18
    Language: English
    Year: 2010
    Issue No:: Scripta & e-Scripta vol. 8-9, 2010

    Submitted on:

  • Ralf Cleminson

    Faculty Associate, Prof., PhD University of Oxford, United Kingdom

    Victor Baranov

    Baranov, Victor, Prof., DSc. Kalazhnikov Izhevsk State Technical University, Russia

    Victor A. Baranov, Kalashnikov Izhevsk State Technical University, Doctor of Philological Sciences, Professor. Field of specialization: The history of Russian language, dialectology, phonetics of the modern Russian language, computer linguistics, full- text databases, publication of ancient Slavonic manuscripts, corpus linguistics, linguistic statistics, head of the project The historical corpus “Manuscript” (

    Achim Rabus

    Department of Slavic Linguistics, University of Freiburg, Germany

    Prof. Dr. Achim Rabus is the current Head of the Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Rabus defended his PhD thesis on the language of East Slavic spiritual songs in 2008 and his Habilitationsschrift on Slavic language contact in 2014. Since 2009, Rabus has been a member of the Special Commission on the Computer- Supported Processing of Mediæval Slavonic Manuscripts and Early Printed Books to the International Committee of Slavists, and since 2018, the President of the Commission. His current research focuses on Slavic social dialectology, Handwritten Text Recognition, corpus and (digital) historical linguistics.

    David Birnbaum

    Prof., PhD University of Pittsburgh, United States

    Heinz Miklas

    Prof., PhD Vienna University, Austria; Foreign member of Bulgarian academy of Sciences