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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: previous script didn’t quite work
Around 500 AD, the Tamil people of Southern Inda started using Grantha, a slightly different form of the Brahmi alphabet, to write Sanskrit (the language of sacred Hindu texts), while still continuing to use Vatteluttu to write representations of the … 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
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
It was easier to write Japanese with Manyogana than with exclusively Chinese logograms, but it was still difficult because the same glyph would represent a word in one place and a sound in another. For their next attempt, the Japanese … Continue reading
China was culturally very dominant in East Asia, and so educated people in Japan learned the Chinese script when writing first came to Japan. Eventually, Japanese people wanted to write in Japanese, but unfortunately, the Chinese script was not well … 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
Brahmi is sort of the Phoenician of East Asia: almost all the non-logographic scripts in East Asia come from Brahmi, including almost all of the scripts used in India, Tibet, Nepal, Mongolia, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Laos. Brahmi was a … Continue reading
The Persian Achaemenid Empire conquered huge tracts of Asia in around 500 BC, and held it until about 330 BC. They spread the use of their official language, Aramaic, and with it the Aramaic writing system. Near the end of … Continue reading
Greek legend says that a Phoenician, Cadmus, brought writing to the Greeks. This is not hard to believe, as the earliest Greek glyphs look very similar to Phoenician. However, the Greek alphabet had something from the beginning that no other … Continue reading
The Sumerians and the Akkadians lived near each other for quite a while, with the culture of the Sumerian city-states being dominant at first. Eventually the Akkadians recognized a good thing, so adopted writing from the Sumerian cuneiform. The Akkadian … Continue reading