Archive for the Category: Writing

Language quiz

Your challenge this week is to identify the con-scripts on these signs, all of which appear on Omniglot, and to decipher each one. Do you also know what the original texts were on these signs? Or can you suggest amusing alternatives? Three of the signs are in English, the other one is in Chinese.

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Scripts and alphabets

I tend to use the words script and alphabet fairly interchangeably – I might talk about the Arabic script or the Arabic alphabet, for example. However I just noticed today that Wikipedia has one page on the Cyrillic script, which focuses mainly on the history of the script/alphabet, and separate pages for Cyrillic alphabets as […]

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Can anybody identify the script in these pictures and decipher it? There images were sent in by a visitor to Omniglot. I think I might be Syriac.

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Endangered Alphabets Project

Today we have a guest post by Tim Brookes, founder of the Endangered Alphabets Project. As some of you know (in part because Simon has been kind enough to publicize my work on Omniglot), I’ve been spending the past three years gathering texts in writing systems that seem in danger of extinction, and then carving […]

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Dervish calligraphy

Can anyone decipher the writing in these images? They were sent in by a visitor to Omniglot.

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Does anyone know what the symbols in this photo might signify? It was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot and they don’t look at all familiar to me.

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Hand writing and writing implements

There was some interesting dicussion on the radio the other day about which writing implements people use if and when they write by hand. This got me thinking about how little I write by hand these days – I do most of my writing on my computer. When I do write by hand I tend […]

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Language of icons

Any ideas what these symbols/icons might mean? According to an article I came across today, this text means: Chinese artist Xu Bing has ideas about how people communicate. Different people in different countries should speak one language. Xu Bing wrote a new language. It uses pictures not words. It looks like Egyptian script meets Madison […]

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Mysterious script

Can anyone recognise the script below? It was sent in by a visitor and comes from an old letter. It looks like it’s written from right to left and might be a cursive form Hebrew. See the whole letter in PDF format.

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Puzzling postcard

This is a message on postcard sent in by a visitor to Omniglot, who thinks the writing might be in Gujarati. Can anyone decipher it?

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