Category Archives: language unknown

Khitan scripts — 920 AD and 925 AD, Mongolia

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

Posted in Abjad, inventor known, language unknown, Logograms, previous script didn't quite work, Rating: 5 "Whoa!!", Syllabaries, Undeciphered | 1 Comment

Etruscan — Italy, 700 BC

Somewhat unusually, the Etruscan writing system is completely understood, but the Etruscan language is not.  With the early Cypriot script, archeological linguists can guess that the symbols in early Cypriot writing system corresponded to the same pronunciation and orthography as … Continue reading

Posted in Alphabet, language unknown, Rating: 3 "I did not know that" | 3 Comments