Start at the beginning
- developed by illiterate(s)
- Evolved slowly from parent
- first in its area
- inventor known
- language unknown
- mercantile script
- National pride
- now ceremonial
- previous script didn't quite work
- private or secret
- probably developed by illiterate(s)
- probably first in its area
- Rating: 1 "Dull, only here for completeness"
- Rating: 2 "Not all that interesting"
- Rating: 3 "I did not know that"
- Rating: 4 "Huh, interesting!"
- Rating: 5 "Whoa!!"
- revealed in a dream
- significant female influence
- spiritual or supernatural
- technology influenced
Monthly Archives: February 2011
The Old Uyghur script descended from the “Uyghur” version of the Sogdian script, and was used from around 700 AD to around 1700 AD. Woodblock printing and movable type printing was developed by Uyghurs in around 1250, around 200 years … Continue reading
Sogdiana was an important nation on the Silk Road in Central Asia from around 400 BC to 1000 AD. Sogdian traders went far and wide as merchants, similar to the Phoenicians; like the Phoenicians, they spread their language and their … Continue reading
Old Nubian script started around 700 BC in Sudan, but it wasn’t common (especially at first). Most official and/or formal writing was in Greek or Coptic for quite some time. Old Nubian script is mostly Coptic, but with three additional … Continue reading
Coptic is an alphabet which was and is used to write Egyptian. Around 150 BC, Egyptians were writing Egyptian using the Greek script, occasionally with some Demotic characters for sounds that weren’t in Greek. By around 300 AD, they had … Continue reading
The two Meroitic scripts (one from the hieroglyphic, one from the Demotic) seem like the bastard love children of Egyptian and Old Persian, and Old Persian was a bit of a bastard love-child itself. The two scripts have a one-to-one … Continue reading
Demotic was significant in the history of language understanding, as it was one of the three scripts on the Rosetta Stone (along with Greek script and Egyptian hieroglyphics). However, it is really only a font difference from hieratic (or hieroglyphics). … Continue reading
As a result of Alexander the Great tromping through Central Asia, Greek deposed Imperial Aramaic as the official language of the region. However, although Alexander might have been great, didn’t have much staying power: he died at age 32. His … Continue reading
There are wildly different starting dates given for Syriac, a script descended from Aramaic and used, over time, to write several different languages. I believe this has to do with Syriac script evolving slowly into a distinct script, Syriac spoken … Continue reading
Hebrew is a difficult writing system to shoehorn into this blog format. For starters, when did the Hebrew script come into existence? Unlike Cree and Cherokee, which had very distinct release dates, the Hebrew script evolved over thousands of years. … Continue reading
Missionary James Evans developed a romanization for the Ojibwe language in around 1830 AD, but found that Ojibwe students had difficulty switching between the two very different mappings of Latin characters to pronunciation. Inspired by the stunning success of Cherokee … Continue reading