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The examples in illustration 2 are adopted from those charts. scripts and shapes Illustration 2: Examples of the origins of hiragana and katakana signs. 29 30 margarita winkel Scripts and Writing in Early Modern Japan Before the official standardization of katakana and hiragana at the beginning of the twentieth century, a specific syllable in Japanese could be represented by various Chinese ideographs or their cursive kana forms. The cursive forms of non-standard characters that were formerly used to represent syllabic sounds are now called hentaigana, kana derived from unusual (‘not standard’) characters.
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9 A single sign can function as the main sign of a composite sign group (also referred to as glyph block, glygher [sic], compound, or collocation); a sign can be affixed (and sometimes infixed) by other discrete signs. The affixed signs can be either logographic or syllabic, depending on what the Maya scribes intended to write. Signs can be partially hidden by other signs; this phenomenon can be referred to as overlap or superposition. Certain signs can have three appearances: a basic (sometimes called abstract) 8 Many of the important contributions from these periods recently were published in a compilation edited by Houston, Chinchilla Mazariegos & Stuart (2001).