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: Rating: 3 “I did not know that”
Devanagari developed from Gupta via an intermediary script called “Nagari” which has very little information about it available. “Nagri” means “urbane”, so presumably it was used for commercial purposes. “Deva” means “deity”, so calling the derivative script “Devanagari” presumably was … Continue reading
In the tenth century AD, merchants simplified the Sharada script for quick note-taking. There were a number of common features in their scripts, common enough that the name “Landa” was given to all of these scripts. However, as Landa was … Continue reading
Like its sibling (parent?) script, Naxi Dongba, Naxi Geba is highly idiosyncratic and used mostly for religious writings. Unlike Naxi Dongba, Naxi Geba is a syllabary, but different people used different symbols for the same syllable. This makes it less … 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
Proto-Sinaitic split into two branches: a northern one which spawned almost all the writing systems of the modern world, and a southern one that did not. Perhaps it is fairer to say that one branch of the script went to … Continue reading
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
Ancient Crete had not one but three writing systems at roughly the same time: the Cretan hieroglyphics, Linear A, and Linear B. Linear A and the Cretan hieroglyphics have not been deciphered, but Linear B has. Linear B has about … Continue reading
Proto-Sinaitic — also called Proto-Canaanite — was probably the very first writing system that was purely phonetic, i.e. that did not use logograms. It did not include all the vowels (so is classified as an abjad and not an alphabet) … Continue reading
Written Chinese is, by some measures, the most successful writing system on the planet. It has persisted for thousands of years and is still in use today. While it has gone through a number of distinct changes, those changes have … Continue reading