Fwd: Why incomplete subscript/superscript alphabet ?

Denis Jacquerye moyogo at gmail.com
Sun Oct 9 11:23:31 CDT 2016

Regarding the superscript q, in some rare cases, it is used to indicate
pharyngealization or a pharyngeal consonant instead of the Latin letter
pharyngeal voiced fricative U+0295 ʕ, the modifier letter reversed glottal
stop U+02C1 ˁ or the modifier letter small reversed glottal stop U+02E4 ˤ.

Menán du Plessis uses a modifier letter small q after a vowel in ǀXam to
indicate pharyngealization of that vowel in a few papers (Notes on Qings
own languages
<https://www.academia.edu/21215819/Notes_on_Qings_own_language>, A century
of the Specimens of Bushman Folklore
A unity hypothesis for the Southern African Khoesan languages

A superscript q is also used in the name of the Mquqᵂin/Brooks Peninsula
Provincial Park by the Ministry of Environment of British Columbia on the
dedicated page on its website
<http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/brooks_peninsula/> and by
the Minister of the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada,
British Columbia Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, and
the Maa-nulth First Nations in Maa-nulth First Nations Final Agreement
Report / 2011-2012
and 2012-2013
Given the references on the Nuu-Chah-Nulth orthography that are online, it
seems the superscript q is used instead of the standard orthography’s Latin
letter pharyngeal voiced fricative U+0295 ʕ in the transcription Mquqᵂin.
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