--- In qalam@yahoogroups.com, "stephanebertho" <stephane.bertho@...>
> Does anyone know the date of creation of the following scripts (any
> informations appreciated) :

> Alabama

As far as I know, the only writing system for Alabama is that used by
Sylestine Montler et al. in their dictionary, published in 1993, so I
guess you could say this "script" was "created" sometime before
that. It is, however, just the Roman alphabet with a few diacritics.

> Cheyenne

The current Cheyenne orthography is that introduced by Donald Frantz
in 1972. It is also essentially just the Roman alphabet with a few

> Hotcâk

Don't know about the writing system (although I suspect it is much
like the two I mentioned above), but I believe the preferred spelling
of the name of the language is <Hocak> with ogonek (and possibly
acute?) on the <a>. Also commonly called Winnebago.

> Navajo

The current standard orthography (the so-called "government system")
was developed in the 1930s and popularized by Robert Young and
William Morgan in their dictionary (copyright 1943). They were also
involved in developing the system, one of the earliest practical
orthographies for a North American language. Like the others, it is
just the Roman alphabet plus diacritics.

Where did you get this list? It seems to be mainly names of
languages rather than scripts, although other list members have
pointed out some that are in fact writing systems. The four I
discussed above certainly have no claim to being "scripts," and they
are not at all different in this respect from any other traditionally
non-written language (in North America, at least). The orthographies
for these languages were all developed relatively recently and are
based on English, and indeed they diverge from English no more than,
say, French does.

Jedediah Drolet