New York, New York — The United States is set to start a new alphabet from English letters, Italian to Italian and Spanish to Spanish, but the process has not yet been approved by the Federal Communications Commission.
The commission is holding a public hearing Thursday on the change, and the Associated Press first reported on the proposed change in May.
A spokeswoman for the FCC declined to comment.
Under the proposed system, letters from Latin America would be written in Roman numerals, followed by letters from Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
As a result, the commission is likely to recommend that the alphabet change is delayed until at least the end of the next decade, the AP reported.
Some linguists believe the alphabet’s traditional structure may need to be revisited to allow for more letters from Europe and the Middle Eastern.
Latin America, which includes Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela, has long been known as Latin America 1.
For decades, the United States has been the only major Western country to have a Latin alphabet.
At the beginning of this century, the U.S. government launched a study to find a way to create a new Latin alphabet that would include the world’s languages.
In 2018, the Commission approved a proposal for a new set of Latin letters, but it took until 2018 for the full set to be approved.
Currently, the new alphabet would be created using a Latin script, known as the A4, and would be composed of two new letters, Latin and Americana, the first being the letter that appears at the beginning and the second at the end.
“I think this has really got a lot of traction, and there is a lot going on,” said Mark Johnson, director of the Center for Latin American Languages at the University of Texas at Austin.
This would mean that we would need a whole new set, with Latin letters,” Johnson said.
It could take years for the new Latin letters to make their way into the public domain, which could mean that the letters from the new system will not make it to the alphabet by the time it is finalized, Martinez said.”
[Latin letters] have historically been used in many different contexts, but they have been in Latin America for thousands of years,” said Danilo Martinez, director and assistant professor of linguistics at Georgetown University.
It could take years for the new Latin letters to make their way into the public domain, which could mean that the letters from the new system will not make it to the alphabet by the time it is finalized, Martinez said.