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Old Kannada — 1100 AD, India

Old Kannada, also called Halegannada, Proto-Kannada, and Old Karanese, developed from Kadamba.  It has evolved into present-day Kannada and Telugu, but has a couple of characters which are no longer used, including “rra” (shown illustrating this posting). Links: Wikipedia, Ancient … Continue reading

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Kadamba — 400 AD, India

Kadamba derived from Bhattiprolu script, and was the ancestor of two more modern scripts, Kannada and Telugu.  There is very little information about the script.  It is even sometimes called “Pre-Old-Kannada script”, which just goes to show how little of … Continue reading

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Bhattiprolu — 100 BC, India

Bhattiprolu is a very close variant of Brahmi script.  Some inscriptions were found at a site in Andhra Pradesh — on the Eastern coast of India, a bit south of the north-south center line but not yet at the southern … Continue reading

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Dhivas Akuru — 1200 AD, Maldives

The Maldives, despite being a chain of really tiny islands ~400km off the coast of India, was literate enough to develop its own script no later than the 12th century AD.  This script was a evolutionary derivative of Grantha.  In … Continue reading

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Vatteluttu — 500 AD, India

In southern India, the Tamil people first used the Tamil-Brahmi script, and then over time, developed the Vatteluttu (also called Vattezhuttu) script.  From what I can tell, this was an evolutionary change and not a sudden invention. Vatteluttu was used … Continue reading

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Tani Lipi — 2001 AD, India

A gentleman named Tony Koyu designed the Tani Lipi script in 2001 for the Tani group of languages in the far northeast of India.  It is explicitly designed to unify the many Tani tribes.  There is pretty fierce debate over … Continue reading

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Takri — 1550 AD, India

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

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Gupta — 400 AD, India

Gupta was an immediate descendant of Brahmi, used in Northern India from about 400-800 AD, and the forerunner of many important scripts of Northern India and the Himalaya. The Gupta empire was very powerful and important.  “Gupta” is still a … Continue reading

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Linear Elamite — ~2200 BC?, Iran

Linear Elamite — also called “Old Elamite” — was the outgrowth of proto-Elamite in modern-day Iran. We tend to think of languages as either “deciphered” or “undeciphered”, but Linear Elamite is currently partially deciphered and likely to stay that way … Continue reading

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