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: Abjad
Orkhon is also called Old Turkic or Göktürk script. It was used mostly in Mongolia and Western China, but there are dialects that were used in Siberia (Yenisei) and Kazakstan. Orkhon is sometimes called Turkic Runes because of their angular … 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
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
Sogdiana was an important nation on the Silk Road in Central Asia from around 400 BC to 1000 AD. Sogdian traders went far and wide as merchants, similar to the Phoenicians; like the Phoenicians, they spread their language and their … Continue reading
The two Meroitic scripts (one from the hieroglyphic, one from the Demotic) seem like the bastard love children of Egyptian and Old Persian, and Old Persian was a bit of a bastard love-child itself. The two scripts have a one-to-one … Continue reading
Demotic was significant in the history of language understanding, as it was one of the three scripts on the Rosetta Stone (along with Greek script and Egyptian hieroglyphics). However, it is really only a font difference from hieratic (or hieroglyphics). … Continue reading
As a result of Alexander the Great tromping through Central Asia, Greek deposed Imperial Aramaic as the official language of the region. However, although Alexander might have been great, didn’t have much staying power: he died at age 32. His … Continue reading
There are wildly different starting dates given for Syriac, a script descended from Aramaic and used, over time, to write several different languages. I believe this has to do with Syriac script evolving slowly into a distinct script, Syriac spoken … Continue reading
Hebrew is a difficult writing system to shoehorn into this blog format. For starters, when did the Hebrew script come into existence? Unlike Cree and Cherokee, which had very distinct release dates, the Hebrew script evolved over thousands of years. … Continue reading