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
Category Archives: inventor known
It is not very common for someone to create a new script. Cherokee, Ol Chiki, Pin Cin Hau logograms, Gurmukhi, Hangul are just a few of the scripts which we know were created or invented more-or-less from scratch. However, in … Continue reading
In the history of writing systems, it is not uncommon for people create writing systems based on dreams or visions. It is also not uncommon for writing systems to have particular religious significance. It *is* somewhat rare for people to … Continue reading
Gondi was developed by a gentleman named Munshi Mangal Singh Masaram, to be used in central India to write the Gondi language. (In India, it almost appears that people don’t take a spoken language (and hence ethnicity) seriously unless it … Continue reading
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
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