heterogram, not in OED

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Wed Aug 6 10:18:01 UTC 2008

Quoting Mark Mandel <thnidu at GMAIL.COM>:

> I found this term in, I think, Windfuhr's _Persian Grammar_ (Mouton, 1979,
> ISBN 90 279 7774 2), and couldn't find it in OED. ~1600 raw googits, no help
> on the first page of them, which mostly define it as a word in which no
> letter occurs more than once. Adding "Persian" to the search brought up
> this:
> http://www.iranica.com/newsite/articles/unicode/v12f6/v12f6039.html
> A particular type of ideogram or logogram commonly found in the cuneiform
> scripts of the ancient Near East is that which is sometimes referred to as a
> "heterogram" (from Greek heteros "other"). The term refers to a graph
> borrowed from another language (in which it may have been either ideographic
> or phonetic), ...

A related term I've read in recent years: xenogram.


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