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Science: Social_Sciences: Linguistics: Graphemics_and_Orthography

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- Guide to all major alphabets, syllabaries and other writing systems. Also includes information on languages and links to other online language resources.

African Writing Systems
An examination of the writing systems of Africa, including Amharic (Ethiopian).

Amanye Tenceli:The Writing Systems of Aman
Complete descriptions of the Sarati and Tengwar scripts created by J.R.R. Tolkien for his celebrated artificial languages. Also includes fonts and specialized writing programs.

Ancient Mesoamerican Writing
Mesoamerican culture as expressed in Precolumbian writing systems, inscriptions and codices, with links to related sites.

Ancient Scripts of the World
Lawrence Lo describes the origins, types and families of writing systems. Sections on phonetics, historical linguistics. Bibliography and links.

Blissymbolics Resources
Integrated Pictographic Language System for international communication, currently used by people with language-related disabilities.

C. C. Elian
An alternative writing system examplified through art works that are visually similar to Asian and Middle Eastern systems, but based on Western concepts of language as it relates to perception and the implied ability to experience and control reality.

Creative Ideas: Evolutions in the English Lexicon
The combination of the symbology of the English language with that of mathematics to create new meanings.

Eskaya Script
Describes the Eskaya people of Bohol, and their writing, numerical, and calendar system, as well as links to information about other Philippine scripts.

Evolution of Alphabets
Site details the evolution of many of the world's major alphabets.

Impact of the Dravidian Culture on the Writing Systems in India.
A paper which examines the development of scripts in India.

Indian Alphabet Comparison
A comparison of written Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali and Gujarati by Eden Golshani.

Multilingual Computing
Links to sites of interest in multilingual computing and other closely related areas of scripts and languages as well as a guide for finding language fonts on the Internet.

Naxi Dongba Pictographs Software
Commercial software for writing in Dongba, a pictographic writing system. Also includes some background information on Dongba.

The Numbers in Various Writing Systems
Numbers 1-10, in syllabaries, consonantal scripts, and sign.

The Origin of Writing
Post-structural analysis of the non-metrical image writing used by the Aboriginal Peoples of North America during pre-Columbian times, a system based upon material production within a visual context.

Orthography Examples
Samples of non-Latin writing systems, including Cyrillic, Aramaic, a syllabary, and a phonetic system.

A Philippine Leaf
A description of literacy and writing systems in Pre-Hispanic Philippines.

A Short Presentation and Overview of the Rune alphabet, the Futhark
Contains a good discussion of the changes in the Norse Runic alphabet (the Futhark) over time.

A Study of Chinese Writing Systems
Academic paper which examines Chinese orthography .

Encyclopedia of western signs and ideograms. More than 2,500 signs, from ideograms to graffiti, arranged into groups according to their graphic characteristics. Their histories, uses, and meanings.

Truetype fonts by Curtis Clark
Downloadable Truetype fonts of ancient alphabets.

World Writing Systems
Features linguistic basics of writing systems, attempts of spelling reforms, social and political aspects of many languages' orthographies.


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