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- 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
In Northern India and southern Nepal, there is a language called Sunuwar, alternatively Kõits-Lo, Mukhiya, Kiranti-Kõits, Koinch, Koincha, and Koints. In 1942, Karna Jenticha developed a script for this language. There have been two versions of Jenticha: the first was … 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
There was one female ruler of China, Wu Zetian, who, among other things, mandated use of around twenty new characters. (These characters were presented to her by a junior relative, Zong Qinke, but she went along with it.) She took … Continue reading
Chinese script didn’t work terribly well for Korean, even with Gugyeol, Hyangchul, or Idu additions. Around 1440 AD, King Sejong the Great asked his board of scholarly advisers to advise him on a better writing system. On October 9, 1446 … Continue reading
The Khitan (AKA Liao) Empire was in charge in Manchuria (northeastern China) for a while, and the local Jurchen people used the Khitan script and Chinese script for their writing. They rebelled and overthrew their Khitan overlords in 1115, and … Continue reading
Emperor Taizu of the Khitan (AKA Liao) people introduced a script in 920 AD for his nomadic Mongolian nation. They had been using Chinese script, but the Chinese script was a poor fit for the Khitan language. Spoken Khitan had … 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
Shorthands — forms of writing that sacrifices accuracy and/or shared orthography for speed — are very old. The earliest example of shorthand comes from Greece, and was sort of an inverse abugida: the vowels were primary, and consonants were noted … Continue reading
The development and adoption of Cherokee are two hugely impressive accomplishments. Chief Sequoyah, who was illiterate himself, single-handedly created a script for his language, and within eleven years, 90% of Cherokee were literate in their language. Stop and marvel about … Continue reading