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: May 2011
The Ho language is a minority language in northeastern India, but in India, minority languages can have a large number of speakers: there are over a million Ho speakers. At some point in the 20th century, a gentleman named Lako … Continue reading
The Santali spoken language is not an Indo-European language, while the majority spoken languages in northern India are Indo-Europeean. (Santali is an Austro-Asiatic language, and hence more closely related to Vietnamese than to Sanskrit.) The Indic writing systems designed for … Continue reading
There is a small ethnic group on the border of India and Burma with many names. They are called the Zo, Zou, Jo, Chin, and several other names. They speak a language that is in the same language family as … Continue reading
The Pau Cin Hau logographic script was reformed in 1931 AD, moving from a logographic language to an alphabet. While it is not unusual for a phonetic writing system to evolve from a logographic writing system, it is very rare … Continue reading
In 1902 AD, a man named Pau Cin Hau had a dream where the characters of a logographic script were revealed to him. He also developed the Laipian religion, and his script was used extensively in liturgical works. Laipian actually … Continue reading
Mahajani, like the Punjabi Landa, was used as a mercantile script (and is sometimes classified with Landa). Unlike Punjabi Landa, which dispenses with vowels altogether, Mahajani is sort of like a sloppy alphabet. It is possible to show a vowel … Continue reading
I have wrestled a little bit with how to handle technical terms like abugida and virama. The first time I use them, it’s a no-brainer: I explain them. But what should I do the second time? I didn’t want to … Continue reading