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: April 2011
Devanagari developed from Gupta via an intermediary script called “Nagari” which has very little information about it available. “Nagri” means “urbane”, so presumably it was used for commercial purposes. “Deva” means “deity”, so calling the derivative script “Devanagari” presumably was … Continue reading
According to Tibetan tradition, Thonmi Sambhota went to India in about 630 AD to study writing, and devised a script based on Gupta or Siddham for the Tibetan language. Tibetan has some differences from mainline Brahmi-derived scripts. For consonant clusters, … Continue reading
Buddhists in around 400 AD wrote Sanskrit with a version of Gupta script that eventually diverged into Siddham script. At first, writing down the Sanskrit was used mostly as a memorization aid, but when Buddhism spread to the much-more literate … Continue reading
Takri — also called Takkari, Takari, and Tankri — descended from Sharada. Sharada evolved gradually, and at some point it started being called Devasesa; in the sixteenth century, a version called Takri (used for commerce) became distinct enough from Devasesa … Continue reading
No, I haven’t lost interest, I am still getting over this cold. I thought I was better; I went in to the office WThFri… but that took a lot more out of me than working from home. I just couldn’t … Continue reading
Khojki was developed in around 1350 AD by Pir Sadardin in the Sindh region of Pakistan for recording Ismaili (a branch of Shia Islam) religious literature, mostly in the Sindhi language. As with its sibling Gurmukhi, it is very similar … Continue reading
In about 1539 AD, the second Sikh Guru Angad Dev Ji developed a script, Gurmukhi, from Punjabi Landa. While he used this script to write religious works in several different languages, it came to be a symbol of Punjabi — … Continue reading
As I mentioned in the Khudawadi post yesterday, merchants simplified Sharada, presumably to let them write more quickly. In addition to dropping the vowel diacritics, they also used the same character for aspirated (“breathy”) and non-aspirated consonants, and dropped punctuation … Continue reading
In the tenth century AD, merchants simplified the Sharada script for quick note-taking. There were a number of common features in their scripts, common enough that the name “Landa” was given to all of these scripts. However, as Landa was … Continue reading